The infrastructure also plays an important role when it comes to rebuilding cities after natural disasters such as the typhoon Haiyan, which devastated parts of the country in November 2013. Every year, storms are damaging Philippian cities, and an economic rise based on a well functioning transport system can contribute to better protection and a strengthening of affected areas.
Today, Manila International Airport ranks among the world’s least attractive. It handles over seven million more passengers a year than originally intended and cannot meet future requirements for capacity expansion. At the same time access to and from the airport is extremely time-consuming; driving just a few kilometres can take several tortuous hours. The roads are simply not geared for a population of 12 million people living in an area covering just 638 km2.
Vision: Economic epicentre of Southeast Asia
The Philippine government’s vision is clear: In the coming decades the Philippines should become an economic epicentre of Southeast Asia. To reach this goal, Manila needs a much better infrastructure.
A multidisciplinary team of experts from Ramboll’s Aviation team, Port Department and Transportation Planning and Urban Development Department have already conducted the feasibility studies:
“Manila is so densely populated that expanding its ports or airports is impossible. The solution is to build new facilities on reclaimed land in Manila Bay, and with the airport and seaport connected with Manila Metro, the city centre will be a mere 20-minute ride away,” explains Søren Brøndum, Senior Director, Transport, Ramboll, continuing:
“The transport plan relates to every important aspect of city life, and the challenge is perfect for Ramboll, because our multidimensional transport and planning expertise can be fully exploited and provide a total solution for all modes of transport and urban planning.”