Morocco moves forward with plans to build high-speed line
Morocco is contemplating the building works of a high-speed railway system. Together with the Spanish government, Morocco is analysing the construction of a line that would link Tangier with Tarifa passing under the Straits of Gibraltar.
The construction of the underwater rail route is a relevant project with respect to the difficulty it entails. According to the project, the tunnel from Punta Paloma (Cadiz) to Punta Malabata (Tangier) will be 28 kilometres long and 400 metres deep at most.
The tunnel will bear high-speed trains travelling at around 120kph with trip duration of half an hour.
Both governments announced the project will be "a historical connection" between Europe and Africa that will give a boost to the economic development and growth on both sides of the Mediterranean.
In this sense, last October Morocco signed an agreement with the French government to build the Tangier - Casablanca high-speed line. According to the deal, Alstom, SNCF (the French National Railway Company) and RFF (company that owns and maintains the French National Railway Network) will be responsible for planning, executing and maintaining the line.