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Work begins on high-speed train network in Morocco

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Work begins on high-speed train network in Morocco


It is the first of its kind in Africa and the Arab world.

Work has begun on a new high-speed train network in Morocco.

At a cost of three billion euros, the first new lines are part of a plan to link the country’s main cities.

France is one of the major players in the project, along with other countries including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

If all goes according to plan, the service is due to be up and running by 2015. The journey times between major cities are expected to be cut by more than half.

Some in Morocco have questioned whether it is money well spent, given the current economic conditions.

But supporters of the project say high-speed trains are crucial to meet a huge jump in rail traffic over the past decade.

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