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Morocco has officially launched Africa’s fastest train which will halve travelling time between the commercial and industrial hubs of Casablanca and Tangier has been inaugurated in Morocco. According to state news agency MAP, the high-speed line was completed at a total cost of 22.9 billion dirhams ($2.4 billion).

President Emmanuel Macron of France and King Mohammed VI boarded the train for the inaugural trip from Tangier to the capital Rabat seven years after work on the high-speed railway line.

The train, which was tested at a speed of 357 km (222 miles)per hour and is planned to run at 320 km (198 miles) per hour, will more than halve the 200 km (124 miles)Casablanca-Tangier journey to around two hours. It is about twice as fast as South Africa’s high-speed Gautrain linking Johannesburg international airport to the city’s financial district Sandton.

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