The result of a Franco-Moroccan collaboration, Africa’s first high-speed line (HSL), running 200 km from Tangier to Kenitra, was officially inaugurated on 15 November 2018. This inauguration brings the curtain down on a true adventure experienced by the teams at Egis, and rounds off 10 years of teamwork with the Moroccan ONCF, the project owner.
Initiated by the Moroccan railway authority ONCF, this colossal project to provide high-speed railway service between Tangier and Casablanca has two main components: firstly, a new 186-km HSL designed for speeds of 350 km/h and operated at 320 km/h, running between Tangier and Kenitra; and secondly, the construction of the points of passage and stops used by high-speed trains in the different urban areas through which they will cross (Tangier, Rabat and Casablanca).
This project is the first stage in the deployment of a high-speed line masterplan whose aim is to progressively build a network stretching approximately 1,500 km and comprising an Atlantic corridor (running along a Tangier-Casablanca-Agadir route) and a Maghreb corridor (Casablanca-Rabat-Fez-Oujda).
Alongside the civil engineering works, Egis’s assignment comprised the programme management for all railway plant and fixtures along the whole of the line (track, catenary, construction depots, etc.). Finally, Egis conducted dynamic testing for track and catenary railway fixtures.
Egis is also conducting a noise study along the entire line.