Mitsubishi and CAF awarded Philippines rolling stock order

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The Manila light rail system operates a number of different rolling stock types, including a Kinki Sharyo and Nippon Sharyo vehicle (pictured). Photo: Philippinerailways.
The Manila light rail system operates a number of different rolling stock types, including a Kinki Sharyo and Nippon Sharyo vehicle (pictured). Photo: Philippinerailways.

Rolling stock manufacturers Mitsubishi and CAF have been awarded a €225 million contract to build new trains for Line 1 of the Manila light rail transit (LRT) system in the Philippines.

Awarded by the Philippines’ Department of Transport and funded through a Japanese loan agreement, the contract covers the delivery of 30 new light rail vehicles (LRV) between 2020 and 2022.

These 106m bi-directional units will operate at speeds of up to 70km/h and include 276 seats.

It is not the first time Mitsubishi and CAF has worked together on a project. The pair have previously pooled their resources to supply automatic underground units for Istanbul and trams for Canberra.


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Manila, the capital of the Philippines, is considered one of the cities with the highest population densities in the world.

This rolling stock deal aims to improve the capacity of Line 1 to cater for the growing number of passengers, to improve service quality as well as helping to reduce pollution levels in the city.

LRT Line 1 is an elevated track line which covers 20km in length and crosses Manila from north to south. The line is currently being extended with a further 12km section towards the Cavite Province.


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