Egyptian public trains will not stop at stations where they are pelted with rocks: Ministry

Ahram Online , Monday 19 Aug 2019

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The Egyptian Ministry of Transportation said in a statement on Tuesday that none of its trains will stop at stations where children hurl stones at the train cars.

The Ministry of Transportation, represented by the Railways Authority, called on citizens to contribute to maintaining the safety of the railway system, which is a vital public service for millions of Egyptians.

"This negative phenomenon also causes damage to the trains, which are then repaired from the budget of the railway and this puts additional burden on the budget, which is originally slated for periodic maintenance and the completion of mega projects and contracts for new vehicles and tractors," the ministry said in its statement.

The ministry also called on citizens to help stop this phenomenon, which causes harm to passengers and facilities.

Over the years, Egypt has been working on developing the country’s national railway system to improve safety and develop new tracks.

Over the past 20 years, train accidents have claimed hundreds of lives due to poor maintenance, carelessness from workers or dilapidated railway facilities.

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said in 2018 that the railway facility needs EGP 200 to 250 billion for development and renovation.

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