Cairo-Aswan train service resumes after 11 hour disruption

Ahram Online, Saturday 23 Mar 2013

Train services to Upper Egypt resume after Al-Ayat residents end their protest over crossing safety

Badrashin train crash
Belongings of victims lie near the wreckage of a military train crash in the Giza neighbourhood of Badrashin, about 40 km (25 miles) west of Cairo, January 15, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)

Train services in the south of the country from Cairo to Aswan resumed operations after protestors in the Al-Ayat city in the Giza governorate ended a demonstration that blocked the city's train crossing for more than 11 hours.

The protest in 'Al-Ayat' delayed 51 train commutes between Cairo and Aswan, said Hussein Zakaria, head of Egypt's railway authority in a press statement Saturday.

"The protestors were demanding local authorities build monitored, gated crossing instead of a simple barrier", explained Zakaria.

Egypt has had a weak railway safety record over the course of the past two decades.

A recent train crash in Giza suburb of Badrashin in January left 19 people killed.

More than 20 major train accidents have been recorded since 1992 leaving hundreds dead and injured.

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