Mafex, the Spanish Railway Association, has coordinated a trade delegation to Australia and the Philippines to increase the presence of the companies of the sector in both countries, where the railway is the focus of the main investments in infrastructure.
The Government of the Philippines has approved an investment plan in the railway of over 16,900 million euros that includes the construction of new lines and the extension of the existing ones. The majority of the funds will go to Luzon island, where most of the population concentrates.
Main projects include the extension of Manila’s light rail system (Lines 1, 4 and 6), the PNR North Commuter route and the expansion of Metro Rail Transit’s Line 3 and Line 5, which leads to the Makati central business district. Added to those are the projects planned in the Cebu and Mindanao islands.
In Australia the National Rail Program is already underway, for which an investment of 6,832 million euros has been approved for the next ten years with the aim of improving urban and regional networks. There is also a special package of projects for the Western Australia state, while actions for the Victoria state include the railway connection with the Melbourne airport, the improvement of the Murray Basin freight corridor and the Inland Rail project connecting Melbourne and Brisbane.