The Moroccan government approved the new high speed line “Marrakech-Essaouira”, of about 180 km. Anticipating the construction of the new high speed rail line, the Ministry of Infrastructure has flagged as public utilities some significant piece of land between the two touristic cities of Marrakech and Essaouira. This first step give the greenlight to the national railway company ONCF to start the land acquisition and expropriation procedure.
The Moroccan high speed line masterplan involves the construction of a network of 1500 km by 2035 for a total investment of 100 billion dirhams ( USD10 billion): Tangier, Kenitra, Rabat, Casablanca, Settat, Marrakech, Essaouira, Agadir, Meknes, Fes and Oujda. It will consist primarily of two main trunks – a North-South trunk linking Tangier to Marrakech and an East-West trunk linking Casablanca to Oujda. . The construction of its first section between Tanger and Casablanca is quite advanced with the first high speed trains being delivered by Alstom last month.