Egypt’s trains lower speed for safety during heat wave

Ahram Online , Friday 14 Jun 2024

The Egyptian National Railways Authority (ENRA) has instructed train drivers to run at a reduced speed on most lines due to the high temperatures.

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The move is meant to “prevent any emergencies and to ensure the safety of passengers and equipment,” the ENRA said in its statement Friday.

Trains will return to their regular speeds once the temperatures subside, it added.

The authority said it is monitoring temperature degrees nationwide to assess their impact on all rail lines, particularly in the Upper Egypt region where the mercury is pushing closer to 50 degrees.

The ENRA assured that all train lines are running smoothly in both the northern and southern regions, with nothing affecting the operation.

The ENRA apologized to passengers for any delays caused by the high temperatures, asserting that the situation was beyond its control.

Egypt has been enduring a series of heatwaves in recent weeks, with temperatures soaring above 40 degrees in Greater Cairo and over 45 degrees in Upper Egypt.

The current heatwave started on Thursday and is expected to subside by Saturday.

 

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