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December 10, 2010

Morocco signs contract with Alstom for high-speed trains

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MOROCCAN National Railways (ONCF) has signed a contract with Alstom worth €400 million for the supply of 14 double-deck high-speed trains. The Duplex trains are scheduled to enter service in December 2015 and will operate between Tangiers and Casablanca.

With capacity for 533 passengers, each train will consist of eight cars - two first class cars, a buffet car and five second class cars. The trains will operate at 320km/h at 25kV for the first 200km on the under-construction high-speed route between Tangiers and Kenitra, and at 160km/h and 220km/on existing 3kV conventional lines between Kenitra and Casablanca.
Once introduced, current Tangiers - Casablanca journey times of 4h45min will be cut to just 2h10min. The service is projected to serve up to 10 million passengers per year, up from 4 million passengers at present.

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