Morocco railway news

News about railway operations, services, infrastructure, plans and the supply industry in Morocco.

  • Train in Morocco

    More high speed sets in ONCF rolling stock order


    MOROCCO: National operator ONCF has called tenders for a fleet of 168 trainsets worth a total of 16bn dirhams. Expressions of interest had been sought in September 2022, generating 10 responses. The contract which is due to be signed by July 31 2024 is in three ...

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    Alstom to open train cab factory in Morocco


    MOROCCO: Alstom is to build a second factory in Fez, where will produce driving cabs for regional and metro trains. This 160m dirham investment is expected to create 200 direct jobs by 2025. Alstom produces electrical wiring and Mitrac transformers at its existing plant in the ...

  • Gibraltar Fixed Link tunnel project impression

    Strait of Gibraltar tunnel plans revived


    INTERNATIONAL: Spain and Morocco have agreed to restart the development of proposals for a rail tunnel under the Strait of Gibraltar. Studies for an inter-continental fixed-link have been undertaken at intervals over more than 40 years, under the co-ordination of state owned entities Secegsa in Spain ...

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    Morocco: High speed lines spearhead ONCF’s development programme


    Christian Scasso assesses proposals to expand the Moroccan national network, including a further 1 300 km of high speed line.

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    High Speed: The right speed for our planet


    More than 1 500 delegates and exhibitors from around the world will be converging on Marrakech this week for the 11th UIC World Congress on High Speed Rail.

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    Egis to design Kénitra – Marrakech high speed line


    MOROCCO: ONCF has appointed Egis Group to act as general consultant for design work on the long-planned extension of the country’s high speed line from Kénitra to Rabat, Casablanca and Marrakech.

  • Morocco's high speed line from Tanger to Kénitra.

    ‘High speed rail: the right speed for our planet’ World Congress on High Speed Rail to be held in Marrakech


    MOROCCO: The International Union of Railways has selected Morocco to host the 11th World Congress on High Speed Rail in 2023, reflecting the country’s leading position in the high speed rail sector in Africa and the Middle East. The event’s slogan will be ‘high speed rail: ...

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    Rabat-Salé tram network extended


    MOROCCO: Two extensions to Line 2 of the Rabat-Salé tram network were opened for revenue service on February 16, more than two years later than originally planned. Line 2 has been extended by 2·4 km southwest from Hôpital Moulay Youssef to Yacoub Al Mansour, adding 4 ...

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    Casablanca tramway construction contracts awarded


    MOROCCO: Casablanca transport authority Casa Transports has awarded Colas Rail two contracts for the construction of tram routes T3 and T4 The first contract is worth €24m and covers the design, construction and commissioning of 25 km of overhead electrification for the two routes, along with ...

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    Tram styling to reflect the history and culture of Casablanca


    MOROCCO: Casablanca transport authority Casa Transports has signed financing agreements for tram lines T3 and T4, and ordered 66 Alstom Citadis X05 trams.

  • ONCF has taken delivery of the first of 30 Alstom Prima M4 locomotives

    First of 30 Prima M4 locomotives delivered to ONCF


    MOROCCO: National railway ONCF has taken delivery of the first of 30 Alstom Prima M4 locomotives which are being supplied under a €130m contract announced in February 2018. The 3 kV DC electric locomotives have a nominal power of 5·5 MW, operating speed of 160 km/h and ...

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    Africa’s first high speed line covers its costs


    MOROCCO: Speaking at a press conference on November 20, Moroccan National Railways Director General Mohamed Rabie Khlie told media representatives that the high speed Al Boraq service launched by King Mohamed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron on November 15 2018 had carried 2·5 million passengers in ...

  • King Mohammed VI officially opens Casablanca’s second tram line.
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    King opens second Casablanca tram line


    MOROCCO: King Mohammed VI officially opened Casablanca’s second tram line on January 23, with revenue services starting the following day. Line T2 runs between Sidi Bernoussi and Aïn Diab. It has a total length of 22·5 km, including 15 km of new alignment and 7·5 km of existing line between ...

  • The Tanger to Kénitra line is the first high speed railway in Africa.

    Africa’s first high speed line inaugurated


    MOROCCO: The first high speed railway in Africa was inaugurated by King Mohammed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron with a ceremony in Tanger on November 15. Revenue services are expected to begin before the end of the year. During the event the king officially named the high speed line ...

  • Africa's inaugural high speed rail project was launched in 2011. Photo: Colas Rail.

    Morocco’s Al Boraq high speed service to launch by year end


    MOROCCO: Africa’s first high speed railway is now expected to open for traffic by the end of the year as commissioning trials continue. LGV Maroc comprises a 183 km high speed line between Tanger and Kénitra which is being built for operation at up to 320 km/h, as well as ...

  • Alstom supplied an initial batch of 20 Prima electric locos to ONCF in 2011.

    ONCF orders 30 Alstom electric locomotives


    MOROCCO: Alstom is to supply 30 electric locomotives to ONCF for €130m. Announcing the contract on February 8, the national railway said this was the first order to be placed under a planned wider rolling stock acquisition programme which would include locomotives, multiple-units and wagons. The 3 kV DC Prima ...

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    Alstom to supply more trams to Rabat


    MOROCCO: Société des Transports de Rabat-Salé has signed a €45m contract with Alstom for the supply of 22 Citadis trams, the manufacturer announced on October 26. The 32 m long low-floor vehicles will run in coupled pairs and will augment the fleet of 44 Citadis trams that Alstom supplied ...

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    Marrakech trolleybus route inaugurated


    MOROCCO: Revenue services on the first trolleybus route in Marrakech began on September 29, two days after an official opening ceremony. The 11 km route between Massira and Gueliz forms the first phase of a larger network that is planned to be commissioned by the end of 2019. Buses ...

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    RATP Dev retains Casablanca tram operating contract


    MOROCCO: RATP Dev announced on September 18 that it had been awarded a 12-year contract to operate and maintain the Casablanca tram network. The value of the contract, which starts on December 13, was not disclosed. Through its local subsidiary Casa Tram, RATP Dev has been responsible for operating line ...

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    Rabat tram extensions approved


    MOROCCO: Rabat city council approved two extensions to the city’s tram network on January 12. Line L2 is to be extended at both ends. An eastern extension would add 4·6 km from the current Hassan II terminus in Salé to Avenue Zarbia. In Rabat, Line L2 is to be ...