Morocco - Railway Infrastructure Reinforcement Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 27 Jan 2016
Signature Date 08 Apr 2016
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21030
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 84,382,795.83
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Railway Infrastructure Reinforcement Project is part of the National Strategy for the Development of the Transport Sector for the period 2012-2016, particularly with regard to the further upgrading and modernization of infrastructure and services with a view to increasing the logistical competitiveness of the national economy. The Tanger-Marrakesh railway axis, in which this project is included, comprises the Kenitra-Rabat-Casablanca and Casablanca-Settat-Marrakech lines, linking the South to both the North and East of the country. This line occupies, commercially, an important place in the activities of the National Office of Railways (ONCF). The allocation of this infrastructure infrastructure to meet the needs of the market in terms of competitiveness (travel time and quality of service) was considered in several phases. The phase being the subject of this support concerns: (i) the complete doubling of 141 km of the track between Settat and Marrakech; and (ii) the construction of five (5) modern railway stations between Tangier and Casablanca. The related activities will be carried out between 2015 and 2020. The main results are expected to be: (i) the flow of traffic between Casablanca and Marrakech; (ii) the improvement of operational efficiency on the Casablanca-Marrakech line and the level of service and capacity at the stations between Tangier and Casablanca; and (iii) improvement of the living environment and socio-economic conditions of the populations in its area of influence.

Project Objectives

The sectoral objective of the project is to contribute to the increase of the rail transport supply between Casablanca and Marrakech and the improvement of the capacity of reception as well as the quality of the service offered in the stations between Tangier and Casablanca, to meet the needs of goods and passenger traffic by 2020. Specifically, it aims to contribute to: (i) the smoothing of rail traffic on the Casablanca-Marrakech line; (ii) the improvement of operational efficiency and passenger capacity in stations on these sections; and (iii) improvement of the living conditions of the populations in the zone of influence of the project (ZIP).


The direct beneficiaries are the users of rail transport as well as the populations living in its area of influence.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Office National des Chemins de fer (ONCF)
Pôle Infrastructure et Circulation (PIC)- Office National des Chemins de Fer (ONCF)


IATI identifier 46002-P-MA-DC0-005
Last Update 01 Feb 2023


Contact Details

Name WADE Mohamed El Abass

Geographic Location

Country Morocco
Coordinates Location Name
31.6362 -8.01041 Marrakech