San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has announced that the first batch of MRT-7 trains will arrive next week.
SMC has revealed that the new trains for the project are set to arrive next week in the country from South Korea. The trains, which consist of six cars or two trainsets procured from South Korea’s Hyundai ROTEM, have cleared inspections and factory acceptance testing, with the country’s national rail manufacturer, Korea Railroad Corporation, serving as SMC’s adviser.
“The timely arrival of these brand new, high-quality trains from South Korea–known as one of the world’s best train and rail systems builders–is such a welcome development, and I believe holds a lot of significance. At a time when many are feeling uncertain about our country’s future because of the pandemic, this shows that the job of nation-building, continues; that the work of improving our infrastructure, boosting our economic growth prospects, and investing in our country’s brighter future, also doesn’t stop–especially for us in San Miguel,” said SMC president Ramon S. Ang.
Each train set is 65.45 meters long. SMC added that more trains would be shipped in the coming months until all 108 coaches were delivered. SMC also reported that the manufacturing of other important equipment needed for the MRT 7, which were all done in various countries, had also been completed.
The MRT-7 is a PHP 63-billion project that will link North Avenue in Quezon City to San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.