By Farai D Hove| At a time when some Zimbabweans are mocking MDC leader Nelson Chamisa saying his bullet train vision “is kids-play”, Morocco’s National Railways (ONCF) is busy preparing to open Africa’s first high-speed line in the third quarter of this year.
ONCF’s managing director for high-speed train maintenance, Mr Luciano Borges was yesterday quoted saying work on the 183km Tangiers – Kenitra high-speed line is now 99%-complete and good progress is being made on the delivery of rolling stock (97% complete) infrastructure works (95% complete) and operational preparation (78% complete).
He was quoted by the International Railway journal while speaking at the Middle East Rail conference and exhibition in Dubai yesterday.
The journal reports how Morocco is planning to build 1500km of high-speed lines as part of its Rail 2040 master plan, which aims to achieve journey times of less than two hours between the country’s key cities. – READ THE FULL REPORT HERE