Morocco signs a contract with Alstom for its first high-speed train
14 December 2010
Last Friday French group Alstom signed a 400 million Euro contract with Morocco for the sale of its high speed train (TGV).
The agreement includes the supply of 14 double-decker trains, and the design, construction and maintenance of this 350 km line, which will link Tangier and Casablanca (via Rabat), in just 2 hours 10 minutes.
It will enter service in December 2015 and will then be extended to Marrakesh and Agadir.
Each train will carry 533 passengers, with two first class cars, a restaurant car and five second class cars.
They will travel at a speed of 350 km/h between Tangier and Kenitra and from 160 - 220 km/h between Kenitra and Casablanca.
"This contract is symbolic, because it shows the capacity of Morocco to equip itself with equipment of a very high technological standard, and Morocco is the first country in Africa to get involved in high-speed railways", the president of Alstom Transport, Philippe Mellier told Agence France Presse.