Morocco's motorway network continues to develop, with vehicle traffic also increasing

Morocco’s motorway network continues to develop, with vehicle traffic also increasing

Moroccan motorway operator Autoroutes du Maroc (ADM) says that the company now has 1,511km of operational motorways. This network has cost some US$5.2 billion to construct and the motorways now represent 3% of Moroccan roads, while carrying some 20% of total traffic volumes. The aim of the motorway construction programme has been to boost connectivity and according to ADM, 60% of the population is now connected to a motorway, with 80% of industrial complexes and 76% of tourist zones linked to the network. ADM’s total investments should reach $6.6 billion once it completes the 1,800km set out in the contract with the Moroccan Government. A 3% rise in traffic to 16.8 million vehicles/day during the first half of 2014 has meant that ADM has benefited from a 2.3% rise in turnover from the figure for 2013 to $85.4 billion. The improved roads and new motorway connections as well as tougher enforcement measures meanwhile have also helped lower crash statistics, with serious injuries dropping 21% and deaths falling 14.5% over the previous year.