The first of 12 Alstom Duplex high speed trainsets for national railway ONCF was unloaded at the Port of Tanger on June 29
It is a 320 km route from Tangier to Casablanca, which includes a 183 km high speed line between Tanger and Kénitra which is being built for operation at up to 320 km/h.
From Kénitra to Casablanca the services will use a conventional line upgraded for speeds up to 220 km/h.
Opening of the new line was planned for December 2015 when construction was launched by King Mohammed VI and French President Nicolas Sarkozy in September 2011, but delays to the infrastructure works mean this has now been put back to 2017.
ONCF expects the new line to reduce Tanger – Casablanca journey times from 4 h 45 min to 2 h 10 min.
(never thought you'd see news about high speed rail on the African continent, did you?)