High speed TGV reaches Port Tangier Med, Morocco
Jan 19, 2017: French-made high-speed train, better known as TGV has made its way to Morocco at the Port Tangier Med, according to media reports.
The TGV in Morocco will be the first one to operate in Africa. It will connect Tangier to Kenitra in only 1 hour and 30 minutes. Going ahead, the TGV will link Tangier to Casablanca in two hours and 10 minutes; currently the same journey takes five hours.
Meanwhile, the trains are being tested ahead of the launch of the 350-kilometer route in 2018. The $2 billion investment in the new trains and track is funded by the governments of Morocco, France, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the UAE.
Morocco received the first carriage for the high-speed train in July 2015. In September of the same year, the second fleet of the TGV arrivedat the Port of Tangier Med.
King Mohammed VI and former French President Nicolas Sarkozy launched the project in September 2011. It was scheduled to be completed in December 2015. The launch date for the high speed-train was later postponed, however, due to delays in infrastructure construction.