TANGIERS, Morocco — Last week, French President Emmanuel Macron and Morocco’s King Mohammed VI inaugurated Africa’s first high-speed train line on Thursday.
The all-new high speed train rests in the renovated station of Tangiers.
The French-made double-decker TGVs are made by manufacturer Alstom and can reach speeds of 200 miles per hour.
King Mohammed VI and the Moroccan government expect the trains to deliver wealth and prestige for the country.
The $2 billion project has been in development for a decade, funded by the governments of Morocco, France, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE.
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Quick facts about the train
- The high-speed train is projected to run at 320km (198 miles) per hour.
- It slashes the Casablanca-Tangier journey to over half the normal time 2:10 from 4:45. The distance is 200km (124 miles).
- It is around twice the speed of the second fasted train. South Africa’s high-speed Gautrain linking Johannesburg’s international airport to the city’s financial district Sandton.
- According to state news agency MAP, it cost 22.9 billion dirhams ($2.4bn; £1.8bn)
- The line took seven years to construct.