Transport in Morocco

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Government policy[edit]

With billions of dollars committed to improving the country’s infrastructure, Morocco aims to become a world player in terms of marine transport.[citation needed] 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[edit]

Railways of Morocco, with planned high-speed lines.
Further information: ONCF

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

High speed lines[edit]

Train of Morocco.jpg

There are plans for several high-speed lines. Work by ONCF began in September 2011 on a first section from Tangier to Kenitra.[1] 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.[2]

Other new routes[edit]

A new railway connecting Nador to the existing network at Taourirt was finished in 2010, after it had been under construction since 2007.[3]

Roads[edit]

As of 2006 there were around 57625 kilometres of roads (national, regional and provincial) in Morocco,[4] and an additional 1420 kilometers of highways( July 2011 ).

Highways[edit]

Principal highways:

Autoroute A3 : Rabat - Casablanca (95 km)

Major airports[edit]

National airlines[edit]

Merchant marine[edit]

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[edit]

A Comanav ROPAX ferry in the Nador Port

Sports car[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ceremony launches Tanger–Casablanca high speed project, Railway Gazette, 29 September 2011.
  2. ^ Khaleej Times Online - Morocco plans Arab world’s first high-speed train, Khaleej Times, 15 September 2006.
  3. ^ The Times Atlas of the World, 2007, p. 83
  4. ^ CIA World Factbook

External links[edit]

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