Sarkozy in Tangiers for Africa’s first high-speed rail

Alstom’s TGV holds record for high speed rail travel: 574,8 km/h

By Rfi

An agreement on the construction and operation of a 350 kilometre high-speed rail line linking Tangiers and Casablanca via the capital, Rabat, was signed during Sarkozy’s 2007 visit to Morocco.

He vowed then that he would return to the country to help lay down the first stone when  building work began.

The line is scheduled to be in service by 2015, and it’s hoped it will eventually be extended to Marrakesh and Agadir.

Alstom is to provide Morocco with 14 high-speed trains under its 400 million euro deal, a contract seen as a boost for the company after Eurostar signed to buy trains from rival German company, Siemens.

More:  http://www.english.rfi.fr/africa/20110929-sarkozy-tangiers-start-africas-first-high-speed-rail-construction

Categories: Africa, Europe, France, Morocco

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