Friday, November 27, 2009

HM King Opens New Fez Railway Station

On Friday in Fez, HM King Mohammed VI, inaugurated the new railway station built at an estimated cost of some 70 million dirhams (9 million dollars).

The King visited the station's buildings which were constructed over a 28 month period. According to reports the surface area is 20,000m2.

The station includes a large passengers' hall, a 7500m2 esplanade, a parking lot and a number of shops stretching over 900m2.

The facility is part of a new generation of railway stations built to meet international standards, fulfill passengers' demands and improve the stations’ services.

The facility, which helped to create 120 stable jobs, is part of the Moroccan railroad office's (ONCF) comprehensive program to modernize the Kingdom's railway network. The ONCF program aims to overhaul 40 Moroccan railway stations for 800 million dirhams.

The project's second phase involves the extension of the station to increase its parking capacity and enlarge shops for 60 million dirhams.

HM the King followed a presentation of the first train made of renovated cars which will be incorporated into all trains to strengthen the network's major rail links.

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