King Mohammed VI launched large-scale rail projects on Saturday following the inauguration of the high-speed train (TGV) "AL BORAQ".
These structural projects are aimed at supporting the sector's substantial development, with the launch last Thursday of "Al BORAQ" to improve comfort conditions on board trains, reduce the substantial flow of traffic and reduce the time required. travels.
The King thus launched the tripling of the Casablanca-Kenitra route, the complete doubling of the Casablanca-Marrakech line, the stations dedicated to high-speed trains, Rabat-Agdal, Tangier, Kenitra and Casa-Voyageurs, and new stations in Oujda and Benguerir, large projects made for a global investment of almost 10.5 billion dirhams (MMDH).
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The project to triple the Casablanca – Kenitra line, having mobilized a budget of 5.2 billion dirhams, will allow desaturation of the Casablanca railway junction and will increase the capacity of this line by 2.5, offering the possibility of scheduling up to a departure every 3 minutes.
80% of the implementation of the project was carried out by national companies, mobilizing 3 million man-days and generating 280 jobs during the exploration phase.
The other structuring project inaugurated by the Sovereign is the complete doubling of the Casablanca – Marrakech line (174 km), which required investments of 3 billion dirhams, which will increase the line capacity of more than 100 pc, as well as the environmental benefits (6.5 million tonnes of avoided GHG per year).
On this occasion, the King inaugurated Rabat-Agdal Station, an architectural and urban gem that confirms Rabat's place as "City of Light, Capital of Moroccan Culture".
Built for a total investment of 800 million dirhams (MDH), the new station, whose opening is in line with the launch of the TGV "Al BORAQ" linking Tangier to Casablanca, is one of four new generation stations inaugurated today to accompany the commissioning of high-speed trains.
The Kenitra station, developed near the old station, mobilized investments of about 400 mdh. This project included the remodeling of 5 berths of 400 ml in length and the development of a car park with 200 seats.
The Casa-Voyageurs station (450 MDH) was built in Gare Pont, such as Rabat-Agdal and Kenitra, and has, like other new generation stations, state-of-the-art technological equipment that meets international requirements for safety, security and quality of services.
Held at a total cost of 360 MDH, the Tangier-Ville Railway Station project consisted of upgrading the old station building as well as building a new building to accommodate all facilities. related to high-speed activity. It also focused on the redevelopment of quays (5 quays of 400 linear meters in length) and the creation of outdoor facilities.
As part of its development strategy, the National Railway Office (ONCF) has carried out an ambitious program of modernization and construction of railway stations, large, medium and small. The new stations of Oujda (170 MDH) and Benguerir (36 MDH) are among them. Thus, these two railway stations will improve the conditions of reception and comfort of travelers, strengthen the commercial offer, responding to the growth of passenger traffic and support the urban development of the cities served.
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All these coherent, compatible and integrated projects allow users to benefit from a network effect, resulting in savings in travel time thanks to optimized links between Al BORAQ and the modernized trains serving the north and south of the country. generate training effects for the benefit of local authorities in terms of job creation, security, preservation of the environment and initiation of an ecosystem around the railroad, while boosting the activities of Moroccan companies and contributing to the creation of added value.
To support this virtuous momentum, ONCF intends to launch a travel ticket booking program to overcome the problems of passenger overload, guaranteeing safety and comfort to the user, drastically reducing travel time and reducing the cost of travel . improve punctuality in the rail network.