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ONCF Launches Final Stage of LGV’s Trials

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Rabat – Morocco’s national railway company (ONCF) launched a series of final operational trials of the High-Speed Train or LGV in February, preceding its launch scheduled for next summer.

According to a statement by the ONCF released on Thursday, “These tests are aimed at validating the rolling stock and its entire infrastructure, with its power supply, signaling, and telecommunication systems and its connections to the Tangier and Kenitra railway stations.”

The high-speed train is the first of its kind in Africa. The LGV will link between the cities of Tangier and Kenitra in only 1.5 hours. The train services will be expanded to connect between Tangier to Casablanca in a period of 2 hours and 10 minutes.

According to the communiqué, a new speed record will be established during the so-called “overspend” tests, with expected round trim at 352 km/h  minimum. These test will take place in a few weeks, added ONCF.

The LGV project is in the process of passing the last inspections, before moving on to the final organizational phase prior to its launch.

To meet operational readiness standards, ONCF teams have mobilized to recruit, train, and support its railway workforce.

New standards and procedures are being developed, added the company.

The first tests, which took place in February and March 2017, covered over forty kilometers near Kenitra, verifying the running of the train on the ground.

The second test phase, which began in September, consisted of testing the rolling stock in all possible configurations, according to ONCF.

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