PNR Clark Phase 2 completion hits snag

The completion of the Philippine National Railways Clark Phase 2 Project was pushed back due to delay in the turnover of land which is critical for the project completion.

Transportation Secretary Jaime J. Bautista revealed on Monday that the project contractor, POSCO Engineering & Construction, indicated that “a delayed turn-over of the land is the cause for the extension of the project’s completion.”

Bautista led an inspection to Clark Depot of the Clark Phase 2 segment (Malolos-Clark) of the North-South Commuter Railway Project yesterday morning.

“This is a very important part of the NSCR, considering the operations control center of the project will be located here. The operations control center is the heart of the operations,” Bautista said.

“It is important that we complete this as planned and on time. I know that there are issues that need to be resolved. The DOTr will work closely with (the contractor), so we can fix problems and address issues (about the project),” he added.

Due to delays, the Department of Transportation stated that the project’s planned completion in June 2024 will be rescheduled and moved to June 2025.

“We promised the President that we will finish the project as agreed on the timeline that we set. I just want to see to it that we work together and finish this project on time,” the DoTr chief said.

Before the 36-hectare site was turned over by the government to POSCO, several fruit-bearing trees were cut down. Thus, causing the delay.

POSCO will construct 48 buildings and facilities at the depot site. Up to this date, more than 33 percent of the planned construction has been completed.

The Clark Depot has 33 stabling tracks to serve as the parking area for the trains and 12 other tracks to access the maintenance facilities.

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