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.

Categories: Transport

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