14 of 1100 trains resume after month-long shutdown

Ahram Online, Saturday 28 Sep 2013

Railway authorities announce the operation of trains connecting Banha to the Nile Delta and Upper Egypt after a month-long closure of all train routes

Operation of 14 out of 1100 Egyptian Railway trains will resume on Saturday after a month-long standstill.

The 14 operational trains will travel from Banha to the Nile Delta and Upper Egypt. Nothing has yet been announced about when the Egyptian Railway's other 1086 routes will resume service.

By order of the Ministry of Interior, all train routes were stopped following the dispersal of two pro-Morsi sit-ins on 14 August by security forces. The interim military-led government established a state of emergency following these events out of concern that supporters of the deposed president might retaliate.

Over the past few weeks, security forces have discovered a number of explosives across Egypt, including mortar rounds on the Suez-Ismailia railway line.

According to the Egyptian Railways' official website, the company provides transportation to around 1.4 million passengers daily, and 500 million passengers annually.

This is the first long-term closure the railway system has experienced since the 18-day uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in January 2011.

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