Rabat plans high speed rail link for 2013

01 April 2008
A new high-speed rail link between two of Morocco’s largest cities will be operational by 2013, the head of the kingdom’s state rail authority has announced.

The new line will link Tangier in the north with the commercial capital Casablanca.

When it opens in 2013 the line will carry 8 million passengers a year, according to Rabie Khlie, managing director of Office National des Chemins de Fer (ONCF).

The high speed rail link, which will cost a total of $2.7bn, will reduce the time taken for the 300-kilometre journey to 2 hours 10 minutes from 5 hours 45 minutes, says Khlie.

The project will also include the delivery of 18 high-speed train wagons.

The Tangier-Casablanca line is part of a wider programme to build a high-speed network linking all the kingdom’s major cities (MEED 2:2:07).

ONCF is also planning to spend $755m to develop rail infrastructure in the north. Plans include a 43-kilometre link between Tangier and the new Tangier-Mediterranean port development, and the modernisation of existing railway stations in the region.

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