Tunnel to Connect Morocco with Europe
For decades, Morocco and Spain have planned to connect Europe with Africa. Designs for bridges have all been rejected in favor of an underground tunnel, similar to the Channel Tunnel that connects England and France. The current plan includes two rail tunnels that will allow passengers to cross the Straits of Gibraltar in under 30 minutes on an underground train.
There have been years of feasibility studies and geological evaluations, and this project has been furthered postponed by strained international relationships and the global economic crises. But recently (Feb. 2012), the Spanish Ambassador to Morocco met with the Moroccan Transportation Minister and strengthened their commitment to see this ambitious project move forward.
“We’ve already done a tremendous amount of work to make this dream come true, to go from an idea — a concept that is just philosophical — into something we can transform into reality,” said Karim Ghellab, Morocco’s minister of transportation. “It’s not easy to predict a date yet, but it is a project that will happen.”
Experts have predicted that the tunnel may cost approximately 10 billion Euros and could be completed by 2025. So as we say in Morocco, “Insha’Allah” (If it is God’s will).