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Morocco successfully tests Africa’s fastest high-speed rail line

The first Moroccan LGV (TGV) train

Rabat, Morocco – has successfully tested Africa’s fastest high-speed railway, state-owned railway operator ONCF announced on Thursday.

The latest tests were staged successfully at a speed of 320 km per hour earlier this week, ONCF said in a statement, deeming the test as “historical moment for the country.”

In October, Morocco tested the rail line at a speed of 275 km per hour in the presence of French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, whose country is partly financing.

Since the beginning of the year, the French-made double-decker TGVs have been tested ahead of the launch of a flagship new line linking the Mediterranean city of Tangier with Morocco’s financial capital Casablanca in the summer.

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The next test is expected in February on the whole line, ONCF pointed out.

The over 2-billion-dollar project has been in development for a decade, financed by numerous partners, including Morocco, France, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. Xinhua


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