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Morocco gets Africa’s first truly high-speed train (Sorry Gautrain, you’re slow)

27 November 2018 7:33 PM
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Africa’s fastest train is twice as fast as Gautrain, says Africa correspondent Lee Kasumba.

Africa’s fastest train has started operating in Morocco, halving the time it takes to travel between Casablanca and Tangier.

It took seven years and $2.4 billion – funded by the governments of Morocco, France, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE - to build the high-speed railway line.

The train has been tested at 357 kilometres per hour, making it the Continent’s only truly high-speed train.

It is twice as fast as Gautrain.

The high-speed rail has drawn a lot of criticism.

Morocco is not a rich country; vast regions and some cities are without even a basic train service.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Africa correspondent Lee Kasumba.

Listen to the interview in the audio below.

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27 November 2018 7:33 PM
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