TRAVEL time between Makati and Clark via railway will be reduced to 55 minutes with the Airport Express Service.
Department of Transportation (DOTr) officials said this during the first inspection of the Philippine National Railway (PNR) Clark Phase 2 (Malolos-Clark) railway project on Saturday, September 19, 2021
This airport link project, the first of its kind in the country, is also part of the 147-kilometer North South Commuter Railway (NSCR).
Aside from this, the travel time between Malolos, Bulacan and Clark will be cut down from one hour and 30 minutes to just 30 to 35 minutes, the agency stated.
The 53-kilometer Malolo-Clark railway segment will link several areas in Central Luzon to Metro Manila.
It has six stations in Calumpit, Bulacan; Apalit, Pampanga; City of San Fernando; Angeles City; Clark Freeport and Clark International Airport.
Eigo Azukizawa, chief representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), lauded the DOTr for its swift implementation of the project despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
He said the successful commencement and ongoing rollout of construction are products of collaborative efforts and firm partnership between the government and its partner agencies.
"We are amazed by the fast and continued progress of the project amid the pandemic," the Jica official added.
During an inspection of the project in Mabalacat City, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koshikawa Kazuhiko said their government will continue providing technology and other means for the effective
implementation of the NSCR project.
Japan is one of the top funding sources for the railway projects implemented by the DOTr.