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Morocco’s “World Cup” rapid train to arrive in time

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Africa’s first high-speed train will start running this summer, eight years before 2026 World Cup that Morocco has presented bid to host.

This has been confirmed by the Moroccan government in a video shared by National Office of Railways earlier last month as part of its fulfillment of all the “necessary commitments” to win the bid for the 2026 tournament.

According to sources the new rain system will enable fans travelling to the country to have easy travel across host cities if the country wins the bid for the 2026 tournament.

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.

Although the LVG was not intended to be a World Cup project, the local authorities were anxious to get every test ready in time before the presentation of football extravaganza bid.

Compared to the time that South Africa took to launch their high speed train, Morocco’s 320 kilometres per hour train is years ahead.

South Africa’s Gautrain which maximum speed is 160 km per hour was officially inaugurated on June 5th 2010 and opened to the public on June 8th, a few days before the beginning of the World Cup.

This vital infrastructure for Morocco is two years ahead of the schedule and has been one of the largest works site on the African continent and represents the culmination of rail infrastructure investments in the kingdom.

The 2-billion-dollar project has been in development for a decade, financed by numerous partners, including Morocco, France, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

Eventually, 260,000 passengers will be travelling daily on the ultramodern rail link.

About Festus Chuma

A lover of African football who boasts experience in journalism, having previously worked at Brand Agenda Publications, East Africa University News and University Post in Uganda before moving to Soka25east.com. On Twitter @fgchuma

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