CAIRO: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab has ordered the shutdown of 4,500 illegal train crossings in an attempt to decrease accidents, Al-Ahram reported Friday.
Mahlab also gave directions during a Thursday meeting to continue developing 1,332 crossings. The meeting was attended by the ministers of planning, finance and transportation and Samir Nawar, the head of the Egyptian National Railways. The ministers also discussed developing train service in the Sinai.
Illegal train crossings have caused many accidents in Egypt. In Asyut in November 2012, more than 50 students were killed when their bus was hit by a train when crossing the rails. Later that month, more than 27 people were killed in Dahshour when a freight train collided with a microbus and a truck on the crossing.