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Good progress on the Moroccan high-speed railway line

Good progress on the Moroccan high-speed railway line
published onJanuary 12, 2017

The first stretch of the Moroccan high-speed railway, from Tangier to Kenitra, is Africa's first high-speed railway line. It is currently nearing completion and is scheduled to open in mid-2018.

Construction of the Tangier-Kenitra section, as part of the master plan for the Moroccan high-speed railway (1,500 km of dedicated tracks by 2035), is intended to provide a solution to the steady growth of passenger traffic, support the development of a new economic hub in Tangier, and improve rail traffic flow between Tangier and Casablanca.

Work began in 2011 and the first stretch, between Tangier and Kenitra, is in the final stages of construction. The first 40 km section of overhead catenary lines is due to be powered up on 26 January, and initial tests with a high-speed trainset are scheduled for the spring of 2017.

The line will open in 2018 and will enable passengers to travel between Tangier and Rabat in one hour and 20 minutes, and Casablanca in two hours and 10 minutes, compared with five hours at present.

As the leader of the consortium responsible for the design and realisation of the catenary power supply systems and substation control centre, Mobility conducted the design and performance studies and provided specific operational safety engineering services. Work on these facilities, launched at the end of 2015 and managed by Mobility, will be completed by the summer. The initial power-up operations, in collaboration with the ONE (Moroccan national electricity office), are under way. All of our staff can take pride in these achievements.