Since December 2012, there's something new in the daily lives of the residents of Casablanca. They can now travel rapidly, easily and comfortably around their city thanks to a brand new tramway line. This practical and attractive amenity, which blends perfectly into its surroundings, is another success for Lafarge!
No more overcrowded buses and congested roads in Casablanca! Make way for the tram! Since the end of 2012, the 3.6 million inhabitants of Morocco's largest city can take the brand new tram line across the city. Surrounded by palm trees, line no. 1 is 31 kilometers long, running from east to west through 48 stops which link the city center with both the university area and the popular district of Hay Hassani. The line is ultra-modern, as are the air-conditioned carriages supplied by Alstom.
A stakeholder in the project from the design phase, Lafarge supplied several types of concrete to the principal contractor, each corresponding to a specific need:
- self-placing concrete to support the line at the level of junctions (60,000 m3),
- decorative Artevia® concretes to pave the central portion of the tram line, the pedestrian areas and the junctions, a surface area of more than 62,000 m2.
Lafarge delivered the concretes continuously on a 24/7 basis throughout the entire period of construction, enabling the process to be completed in the record time of 30 months. "We have never seen that before!" commented Pierre Mongin, CEO of the RATP, operator of the network.
After just a few months, the tramway is already proving a great success: between 250,000 and 300,000 people use it every day!