Technical problems cause partial stoppage in Upper Egypt-Cairo trains

Ahram Online, Wednesday 22 Jan 2014

Passengers coming from Aswan to Cairo need to get on trains from Assiut and Minya

An Egyptian man walks at the main train station in Cairo, Egypt (Photo: AP)

Trains coming from Upper Egypt will be subjected to a partial stoppage on Thursday for technical reasons, the Egyptian Railway Authority (ERA) announced on Wednesday.

All trips coming from Aswan will not reach Cairo, but will stop in Minya and Assiut where they can take local trains to the capital, according to ERA spokeswoman Nagwa Albert.

"They will be back working after they're fixed," Albert told Ahram Online.

ERA added that passengers may use tickets later or ask for refund.

Train services into and out of Cairo were halted in August after widespread unrest following the dispersal of Islamist protest camps in Cairo by security forces.

The service gradually resumed in October.

 Under normal conditions, Egypt's railway service transports around 500 million passengers annually, a rate of 1.4 million per day, according to ERA's website.


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