Bombardier signalling technology improving Moroccan rail service
Bombardier’s INTERFLO rail control has completed almost four months of successful operation on the first section of the 360km Casablanca to Tanger-Med Line.
Bombardier Transportation is working with the Moroccan State Railway, ONCF.
The first 30km stretch of the Casablanca to Tanger-Med Line upgrade is benefitting from the state-of-the-art Bombardier INTERFLO 250 advanced rail control solution.
Upgrading the entire 360km Casablanca to Tangier-Med line forms part of ONCF’s programme to increase capacity on Morocco’s most important passenger and freight rail corridor. It forms part of the country’s national agenda to promote infrastructure development and economic growth.
To reduce travel times and increase capacity, Bombardier is currently upgrading the line in two parts with its mainline solution. The sections comprise the Casablanca to Kénitra section (130km) and the Sidi Yahya to Tangier-Med (230km) stretches of the line.
Bombardier will also provide maintenance through its OPTIFLO rail control services solution. The project is being delivered by Bombardier’s Spanish Centre of Excellence and Morocco-based project management team.
Bombardier Transportation has had a local presence in Casablanca since 2011 following the award of a contract to rehaul 14 ONCF electric trains operating on the Casablanca-Rabat line, and then the signalling contract to equip the ONCF line between Casablanca-Kenitra and Sidi Yahya-Tanger with ERTMS Level 1.