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Transport in Morocco

There are around 56,986 km (35,409 mi) of roads (national, regional and provincial) in Morocco.[1] In addition to 1,416 km (880 mi) of highways.[2]

The Tangier-Casablanca high-speed rail link marks the first stage of the ONCF’s high-speed rail master plan, pursuant to which over 1,500 km (930 mi) of new railway lines will be built by 2035. The high speed train - TGV - will have a capacity of 500 passengers and will carry 8 million passengers per year. The work on the High Speed Rail project was started in September 2011.[3] Construction of infrastructure and delivery of railway equipment will end in 2014 and the HSR will be operational by December 2015.[4]

Autoroute A3 (RabatCasablanca, 95 km)

Contents

  • Government policy 1
  • Railways 2
    • High speed lines 2.1
    • Other new routes 2.2
  • Roads 3
    • Highways 3.1
  • Major airports 4
  • National airlines 5
  • Merchant marine 6
  • Maritime companies 7
  • Sports car 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Government policy

With billions of dollars committed to improving the country’s infrastructure, Morocco aims to become a world player in terms of marine transport. The 2008-2012 investment plan aims to invest $16.3 billion and will contribute to major projects such as the combined port and industrial complex of the Tanger-Med and the construction of a high-speed train between Tangier and Casablanca. The plan will also improve and expand the existing highway system and expand the Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport. Morocco’s transport sector is one of the kingdom’s most dynamic, and will remain so for years to come. The improvements in infrastructure will boost other sectors and will also help the country in its goal of attracting 10 million tourists by 2010.

Railways

Railways of Morocco, with planned high-speed lines.

1907 km 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge, 1003 km electrified with 3 kV DC.

High speed lines

Train of Morocco.

There are plans for several high-speed lines. Work by ONCF began in September 2011 on a first section from Tangier to Kenitra.[5] There are plans to construct two core lines, one from Tangier in the north via Marrakesh to Agadir in the south, and a second from Casablanca on the Atlantic to Oujda on the Algerian border. If all of these plans will be approved, the 1,500 kilometres of track may take until 2030 to complete at a cost of around 25 billion dirhams ($3.37 billion).

Potential speed gains are large, with travel time from Casablanca to Marrakesh down from 3 hours to 1:20, and from the capital Rabat to Tangier from 4:30 to 1:30.[6]

Other new routes

A new railway connecting Nador to the existing network at Taourirt was finished in 2010, after it had been under construction since 2007.[7]

Roads

As of 2006 there were around 57625 kilometres of roads (national, regional and provincial) in Morocco,[8] and an additional 1420 kilometers of highways( July 2011 ).

Highways

Principal highways:

Major airports

National airlines

Merchant marine

total: 35 ships (1,000 GRT or over) by type:

Foreign-owned: 14 (France 13, Germany 1) (2007)

  • Registered in other countries: 4 (Gibraltar)

Maritime companies

A Comanav ROPAX ferry in the Nador Port

Sports car

www.almaster.ma

References

  1. ^ "Le Secteur Routier" (PDF). mtpnet.gov.ma. Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  2. ^ (French) Les Autoroutes du Maroc. Adm.co.ma. Retrieved on 2013-07-29.
  3. ^ RFI. "Maroc : inauguration des travaux du premier TGV d’Afrique en présence de Nicolas Sarkozy". RFI. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Morocco to Launch High Speed Train". Retrieved 2010-06-02. 
  5. ^ Ceremony launches Tanger–Casablanca high speed project, Railway Gazette, 29 September 2011.
  6. ^ Khaleej Times Online - Morocco plans Arab world’s first high-speed train, Khaleej Times, 15 September 2006.
  7. ^ The Times Atlas of the World, 2007, p. 83
  8. ^ CIA World Factbook

External links

  • UN Map

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the CIA World Factbook.

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