PNR allots P40-M for Bicol train safety check

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 29 2014 08:02 PM | Updated as of Jul 30 2014 04:02 AM

MANILA – The Philippine National Railways (PNR) has earmarked P40 million for the safety assessment of the 478-kilometer Bicol Express train service.

PNR Bids and Awards Committee chairman Ruben Besmonte said the budget will be used for the contract for the procurement of consulting services that will implement a technical inspection and safety assessment of the PNR tracks and bridges.

“The project involves inspection and thorough safety assessment of the tracks from Tutuban in Manila to Legaspi City in Albay with route length of 478 kilometers and the individual condition of 431 locations of bridges,” PNR said in its Request for Expression of Interest.

Interested consulting firms were given until August 6 to submit their eligibility documents. The winning bidder will have 120 days to complete the assessment.

PNR earlier said it aims to revive operations of the Bicol Express train service in September after a successful trial run last month.

Its operations were halted in 2012 following a derailment incident in Sariaya, Quezon that injured 9 passengers. Officials blamed flashfloods that damaged rail tracks.

The PNR is also continuing the rehabilitation of its non-operational railway line to the north, as well as the development of new railway routes across the country.