Casablanca to Tangier, via Rabat
In a milestone for African rail history, Casablanca and Tangier are now linked by the continent’s first high-speed line, slashing travel time from 4h45 to 2h10.
The new service is named Al Boraq, after the flying horse of Islamic mythology.
Twelve Alstom TGV 2N2 Duplex trainsets now operate on the line. Commercial speed is 320 km/h, but on 4 May 2018, a Moroccan driver set a speed record of 357 km/h between Tangier and Kenitra.
357 km/h: a rail speed record for Africa
Video : Le Maroc à l’ère de la grande vitesse
In 2007, Morocco and France signed a memorandum of understanding, kicking off a strategic partnership that covered the entire project:
- line maintenance
In 2009, a team of SNCF experts began working with their ONCF counterparts on all of the technical deliverables for the high-speed line.
2011 Official launch of works on Morocco’s high-speed line
In each major area of the project, an SNCF specialist teamed up with an ONCF counterpart, combining high-speed rail expertise with critical local knowledge.
Today the partnership focuses primarily on training, with support from the Railway Training Institute (IFF) in Rabat, co-founded by SNCF and ONCF in 2015. But it also covers technical support and maintenance. Under the agreement, SNCF Réseau will assist ONCF for at least two years.
SNCF engineers spent 9 years on the project
million passengers are expected to use the new line every year
million euros per km—a cost that ranks among the lowest in the world
“This new line meets the demands of the modern era. Our two-way partnership with ONCF has delivered high-performance technology and a successful relationship—all to achieve the twin goals of local development and sustainable mobility."
Guillaume Pepy, Chairman, SNCF Executive Board
To build the new line, which crosses a number of flood-prone areas, we built 286 bridges and other structures, including 13 viaducts. The most impressive of these is the El Hachef viaduct, south of Tangier: at 3.5 km long, it required an investment of €100 million.