Morocco begins regional integration by connecting Casablanca Airport with High Speed Train
London, Jan. 4, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Morocco’s government is kicking off the decade with a series of infrastructure and railway developments as part of regional development reforms.
The regional integration is expected to begin with the extention of the high speed train with many airports
To start with. Morocco’s Minister of Equipment and Transport Abdelkader Amara has announced that the country will invest MAD 3.8 billion to link Morocco’s high speed train, known as TGV, LGV or Al Boraq, with the Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca.
The announcement came during field visits to the Casablanca-Settat region last week, convening ministers, government officials, and elected representatives.
Amara spoke about the budget put in place for highway and infrastructure projects, emphasizing that investments in the road sector reached MAD 5 billion for the completion of projects launched between 2015 and 2019.
The investment envelope also includes projects that are currently underway and set to be completed between 2020 and 2022.
The projects planned for kick off in 2020 will cost about 4 billion. The budget will cover the construction of the Casablanca-Berrechid highway and to triple the axis of Tit Mellil-Berrechid road.
Railway projects that have been ongoing in the Casablanca-Settat region required an investment budget of MAD 10 billion.
Amara announced that the country will invest MAD 3.8 billion to make the Mohammed V airport-LGV project happen.
LGV, or TGV, is one of Morocco’s milestone projects. Morocco launched Al Boraq in November, 2018. The high speed train carried 3 million passengers in 2019, the National Office of Railways (ONCF) announced.
Amara concluded his statement by stating that port-related projects in the region required a budget estimated at MAD 5.7 billion between the 2014-2018 period.
The volume of investment is expected to reach around MAD1.6 billion between 2019 and 2022.