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The eighth wonder of the world! Submarine train between Spain and Morocco to make travel between Europe and Africa easier

The Moroccan National Company for Strait Studies has announced that it is looking into how feasible a tunnel between Spain and Morocco would be, connecting Europe and Africa

An underwater railway tunnel worth around 6 billion euros could be opened by 2030 to make travel between Europe and Africa even more convenient during the World Cup, writes the British paper The Mirror and the Bulgarian outlet Standrtnews.

The ambitious project aims to connect the two continents through a new direct route between Spain and Morocco. Construction is expected to be completed by the start of the World Cup in 2030. The competition will be held on the grounds of Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.

The Moroccan National Company for the Study of the Straits (SNED) has begun to study the strategic elements of the project, writes the Daily Star. They will also evaluate the financial side of it. Experts estimate that the project will cost around 6 billion euros, but the exact price has not yet been confirmed and could be higher.

Morocco's Water Resources and Equipment Minister Nizar Baraka met with Spain's Transport Minister Oscar Puente in March to discuss the plans.

The shortest distance between the two countries is through the Strait of Gibraltar, and there the possibility of building an underwater tunnel is being considered. It will be about 17 miles (27 km) long and 1,550 feet (472 m) deep.

It is expected to allow about 12.8 million passengers to travel annually, and officials also said it could ease trade ties between the two countries.

As the 2030 FIFA World Cup will be held in three countries, the new route could provide a more convenient way for football fans to travel.

Currently, tourists wishing to travel between Spain and Morocco have two main options. They can book a plane ticket between Madrid and Tangier; the travel time will be approximately 1.5 hours.

Alternatively, people can travel by car via ferry, but the travel time can be 9-12 hours depending on the route. The proposed rail tunnel, even with stops along the way, would allow high-speed trains to travel in about 5.5 hours.


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