All Aboard Africa’s First High-speed Train

Morocco’s coastal city of Tangiers and economic capital, Casablanca, would soon be connected via France’s famed TGV trains. These trains have the capacity to travel up to 200 mph and will be able to reduce current journey times by 50%.

Tangiers and Casablanca are 215-miles apart and currently it takes approximately 4 hours and 45 minutes to travel the distance. With the introduction of the high-speed train, travellers will be able to get from point to point within 2 hours and 10 minutes.

There are trains scheduled to depart every hour and it is projected to carry approximately six million passengers within the first three years. There are 14 trains at the moment, and each train is able to carry up to 533 passengers.

The high-speed train project is titled LGV and state officials hope to attract more foreign visitors with its inauguration, and at the same time hope that the train will also be regularly used by locals. The cost of the high-speed train will be about 30% more than the current train route, which costs between $14 and $27.

The $2 billion LGV project was initiated in 2011 by both Mohammed VI, the Moroccan King, and also then-president of France, Nicolas Sarkozy. This initiative also included several Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

The train will be inaugurated on 23rd November, and it is expected that French president Emmanuel Macron will be present at the ceremony.

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