Rabat, Morocco (TMT)- Moroccan economy paper Leconomiste said in its weekend edition that Morocco’s high-speed rail line project has been 78% completed, adding that the the first tests of the train, speeding up at 300 km/h, are expected to begin in February 2017.
According to the paper, the high-speed train will be commercially operating by mid-2018.
The high-speed train will reduce the travel time between Casablanca and Tangier to 2 hours and 10 minutes from 4 hours and 45 minutes.
While the trains were bought from France, 90% of the civil engineering work was carried out by Moroccan companies
It is worth reminding that Morocco currently ranks first in Africa in terms of railway infrastructure.
The project has an estimated cost of MAD 20 billion ($2 billion).
The high-speed train is expected to carry up to seven million passengers in the first year.
The Moroccan Times.