The trip between Tangier and Rabat will be with the TGV, 1h 20 minutes against 3h40 minutes today.
Launched in 2007 in the presence of the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the project officially started in 2011, the commissioning was initially scheduled in 2015 but was delayed after delays due to delays. expropriation procedures.
The project cost 2 billion euros of which 51% financed by the French State mainly through the French Development Agency. This cost represents an envelope approximately 15% higher than the initial estimate of 1.8 billion euros, calculated in 2007 at the launch of the project.
Many French companies participated in the construction of the first high-speed line from the African continent: Alstom trains, the Ansaldo-Ineo consortium (signaling and telecommunications), Cegelec (electrical substations) and Colas consortium Rail Egis Rail (tracks and catenaries).
For its part, the SNCF has supported assistance with project management with the National Office of Moroccan Railways (ONCF), the national operator of the country’s rail network.
With this TGV, Morocco expects nearly six million passengers a year within three years.