Morocco has made rail transport history by inaugurating the continent's first high-speed or bullet train line from Casablanca to Tangier, the kingdom's two economic hubs on the Mediterranean coast. The project was commissioned by King Mohammed VI and French President Emmanuel Macron. Travel time between Casablanca and Tangier has been slashed from five hours to two and half hours. In the long term, the high-speed line will be extended to connect the two southern cities of Marrakech and Agadir. Alstom has supplied 12 high-speed Avelia Euroduplex trainsets to run on the line. Designed to suit local conditions the trains are capable of carrying 533 passengers. Costing E2.3bn, the project took eight years to complete. Half of the funding came from France, while Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates, UAE, provided the remainder.