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Tangier Railway Station sits on the east side of the city Tangier at the end of the line. The station sits on the crossing of the Avenue d’Espagne, the Route Tanja El Balia and the Place du Maghreb Arabe. The station sits just over 500 meters away from the Strait of Gibraltar.
The new station was opened in 2003 after the line was extended from Tanger Morora Station. Currently the national train operator ONCF is expanding the track and station so that it will be ready for high-speed train line between the station and the rest of Morocco. This includes an expansion of the current station.
The building has a floor area of 1880 m2 and has a large car park. The total cost of the station was 80 million MAD and the total construction period was 18 months.
The building’s front is made up of two large natural cooling towers in between them the large entrance. Inside the roof is made up of arches in two directions that allow light to come in from all sides. This also gives the roof an interesting roof-scape.
After one walks through the main hall they are led towards the tracks of which there are 7 with 5 platforms to allow people to easily get in and out of trains.
The station is clean and simple in its construction and works efficiently. It is a fitting entrance to the city and gives good Tangier Railway Station to both the city centre and the sea.