Rabat – As the opening date of the LGV high-speed train approaches, photos showing the interior of the train are making the rounds on social media.
The trains have a sleek interior decorated in black and red and include a modern cafeteria. The LGV’s interior design is eye-pleasing and captures the sophistication of the soon to be running fast trains.
The high-speed train is the first of its kind in Africa and it represents the culmination of rail infrastructure investments in the kingdom.
The train will link Tangier to Kenitra in just 90 minutes, and Tangier to Casablanca in two hours and ten minutes instead of the current five hours.
Morocco received delivery of the first LGV carriages in July 2015. The second group of LGV carriages arrived last September at the Port of Tangier Med.
The first tests of the line were carried out in February and March of last year. The trains were tested at high speed for over forty kilometers near Kenitra, verifying the running conditions of the tracks as well as the trains and station signaling technology.
The second phase of these dynamic tests have affirmed that the line is suitable for train circulation at a maximum speed of 320 kilometers per hour (198 mph).
The third and last phase of tests on the LGV line took place during February.
The project was launched by King Mohammed VI and the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy in September 2011.
Morocco, France, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE all contributed funds for the high speed train project, about USD 2 billion for the new trains, new tracks, improved signaling technology and upgraded train station platforms.