Thursday, January 23, 2014

Moroccan Rail Celebrates 50 Years with a Gift to Itself

ONCF, the body that runs Morocco's rail system, is celebrating 50 years of rail travel in Morocco with a big spending upgrade

The board of Moroccan National Railways (ONCF) has approved a draft investment budget of Dirhams 8bn ( $US 970m) for this year, which will fund construction of the 183km Tangiers – Kénitra high-speed line, enhancements on the conventional lines, and the modernisation of the train fleet.

The budget allocates Dirhams 5 billion to the high-speed project, while the remaining Dirhams 3 billion will be invested in the existing network, including the construction of a third track on the Casablanca – Rabat – Kenitra line and track-doubling between Settat and Marrakech, as well as safety improvements, and the refurbishment of rolling stock.

ONCF is expected to place an order soon for 50 new locomotive-hauled coaches, including 30 second-class vehicles, 10 first-class coaches, five sleeping cars and five restaurant cars.

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