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Testing Starts On Extreme High-Speed Trains In Morocco

Morocco starts testing on extreme high-speed trains for Tangiers - Kenitra line.
Morocco starts testing on extreme high-speed trains for Tangiers - Kenitra line.



A consignment of TGV high-speed trains has arrived from France at the Port of Tangiers and will be deployed on a new high-speed line currently under construction between Tangiers and Kenitra on Morocco’s northern coastline.

The French-made trains are currently undergoing testing ahead of the launch of Africa’s first extreme high-speed rail service, expected to be commissioned in 2018. Alstom’s double-decker extreme high-speed trains are capable of travelling at speeds of up to 320km/h, which will cut journey times between Tangiers and Kenitra to from the current three hours to 47 minutes.

The Tangier-Kenitra high-speed line is the first part of a much larger high-speed rail project being implemented by the Moroccan government. The 185km double-track will eventually extend south to Rabat, and a new line will be built between Agadir in the interior regions of the country to Marrakesh, before connecting to the conventional rail network in Casablanca. The entire development will span 1,500km and is expected to be complete by 2035.

The high-speed railway line and rolling stock are valued at $US200 billion, which is being funded by the government of Morocco with additional financing from the governments of France, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

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