Kenitra–Tangier high-speed rail line

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LGV Tangier-Casablanca
Railways Morocco.png
Status Under construction
Locale Morocco
Termini Tangier
Kenitra, Casablanca
Planned opening 2018[1]
Operator(s) ONCF
Line length 350 km (220 mi)
Number of tracks Double track
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Electrification 25 kV 50 Hz
Operating speed 320 km/h (200 mph)

The Casablanca—Tangier high-speed rail line, an LGV (French: Ligne à Grande Vitesse, "high-speed line") that will host the TGV (French: Train à Grande Vitesse, "high-speed train"), is a high-speed rail line under construction in Morocco.[2] This was decided in November 2007 by the national government after a roadmap outlined in 2005[3] by Morocco's rail company ONCF. ONCF plans to deploy 1500 km of high speed lines in the next three decades. The first step of this project is under way between Tangier and Kenitra; although once scheduled for completion in 2017,[4] it is now expecting completion in 2018.[5] In the meantime, a first upgrade (220 km/h) is programmed for the existing Kenitra–Casablanca line. After 2020 the Kenitra–Casablanca (320 km/h) line will be reformed and the Casablanca–Marrakech line will be upgraded at the same time to allow Tangier–Casablanca in 1h30 and Tangier–Marrakech in 2h45. In early 2009, a cooperation contract between Morocco's rail company ONCF and the French rail company SNCF was signed to cooperate on the project.[6]

Project details[edit]

Sources of finance (20 billion dirhams total):[7]

  • The government: 4.8 bn dirhams
  • French and European sources: 1.9 bn dirhams,
  • Loans: 12.3 bn dirhams.


  • Infrastructure: 10 bn dirhams
  • Railway equipment: 5.6 bn dirhams
  • Rolling stock: 4.4 bn dirhams


In February 2010 ONCF signed agreements financing the construction of the 20bn dirham high-speed line between Tangier and Casablanca.[7] Work was expected to start at the end of 2011, with services beginning in December 2015. However, this had been rescheduled to a later date.[8] The foundation stone of the project was laid on 29 September 2011, with the first phase to be operational in 2016.[2] The completion date has since been delayed to 2018.[5]

The line is to be constructed in two sections—a new route from Tangier to Kénitra and an upgrade of the existing route from Kénitra to Casablanca.[2] There will be a top speed of 320 km/h (200 mph) on the new line and 220 km/h (140 mph) on the upgraded line.[2] Upon completion, the travel time between Casablanca and Tangier will be reduced from 5 hours and 45 minutes to 2 hours and 10 minutes.[2] A potential second phase would see a new track built between Kénitra and Casablanca[2] and upgrade Casablanca - Marrakech to set 1h 30m Tangier - Casablanca and 1h 05m Casablanca - Marrakech and then link Tangier to Marrakech in less than 3 hours (10 hours today).[9]


On 10 December 2010 ONCF signed a contract worth nearly €400M with Alstom for 14 Euroduplex trains each capable of carrying 533 passengers.[10]


The project has attracted criticism for being a misguided use of money. The country's former finance minister, Mohamed Berrada, said that the money would be better used fighting illiteracy and poverty in the country.[11]

Technical information[edit]

Signalling and train protection system of the line will be installed by Ansaldo STS and Cofely Ineo. It will be of the type ETCS 1 and 2, and will allow trains to run up to 320 km/h on the line.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "How ONCF manages its shift". 'This brings the program execution position to 78% for a commercial operation from mid-2018,' says Mohamed Rabie Khlie, CEO of ONCF. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Ceremony launches Tanger – Casablanca high speed project". Railway Gazette International. 29 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "High Speed Master Plan in Morocco". 2006. Archived from the original on 28 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Morocco awards Tangier-Kenitra high-speed line contract". Kable. 8 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Morocco to get Africa's first high-speed train". CNN. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Engineers begin work on Moroccan high-speed rail link". Magharebia. 15 April 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "High speed funding package agreed". Railway Gazette International. 2010-02-18. 
  8. ^ "BIDS FOR MOROCCAN HIGH-SPEED LINE". Railways Africa. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-01. 
  9. ^ "High Speed Master estimated times". 2006. Archived from the original on 28 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "ONCF to buy 14 Duplex high speed trains". Railway Gazette International. 10 December 2010. 
  11. ^ "Nicolas Sarkozy visits Morocco for TGV rail-link launch". BBC News Online. 29 September 2011. Archived from the original on 13 October 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Tanger - Kénitra high speed line signalling contract signed". Railway Gazette International. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013.