Morocco Unveils Fastest Train on the Continent

Morocco Unveils Fastest Train on the Continent

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Morocco has inaugurated Africa’s fastest train, which promises to cut in half the traveling times between the commercial and industrial hubs of Casablanca and Tangier.

King Mohammed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron boarded the train for the inaugural trip from Tangier to the capital, Rabat, in November 2018. The train ultimately will run at 320 kilometers per hour, greatly reducing the time it takes to make the 200-kilometer journey between the two cities.

It is about twice as fast as South Africa’s high-speed Gautrain, which links Johannesburg’s international airport to the city’s financial district of Sandton.

The state news agency MAP said the line took seven years to build and cost 22.9 billion dirhams ($2.4 billion).

Morocco’s national railway operator, Office National des Chemins de Fer Marocain, obtained 12 high-speed trains from French manufacturer Alstom, the website Railway Technology reported.

The trains are designed to suit Morocco’s climate and environment and are capable of carrying 533 passengers.

The trains are equipped with the latest features to ensure passenger comfort. They also feature bilingual digital passenger information systems, offering information in Arabic and French.