The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has inked a deal with the NLEX Corporation for the construction of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark Phase 2’s columns.

Under the memorandum of agreement (MOA)—signed on Tuesday (November 16)—NLEX will be in charge of erecting two columns “in the shoulders and median island” of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), which will allow both railway and expressway to seamlessly operate. 

According to NLEX Corp. President and General Manager Luigi Bautista, PNR Clark Phase 2 is a momentous project that will not only improve public transportation but will also facilitate the travel of goods between regions. 

“The PNR Clark Phase 2 is a monumental project that hopes to revitalize regions by improving mobility of people and advancing the transport of goods to and from the provinces,” he said.

The 53-kilometer mega railway plan, which accounts for half of the North-South Commuter Railway Project, will connect Central Luzon and Metro Manila, specifically from Malolos, Bulacan to Clark, Pampanga. And once operational, it will slash travel time between the two endpoints from the current 1 hour and 30 minutes to only 35 minutes.  

It will have a total of six stations namely Calumpit, Apalit, San Fernando, Angeles, Clark, and Clark International Airport (CRK). 

Currently, PNR Clark Phase 2 Project’s overall progress stands at 32 percent. 

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