CAIRO: Egypt’s railways began Saturday operating at full capacity for the first time since August 2013, announced Ahmed Hamed, chief of the Egyptian national railways (ENR.)
Trains traveling to governorates in Upper Egypt stopped after the August 2013 dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya sit-in, and only some trains resumed the trips in November the same year. Also, some trains served only during the study.
Trains in Upper Egypt and the Delta have occasionally stopped as explosive devices were found near the rails, as part of violence targeting public services launched after the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.
However, Cairo’s Sadat metro station, which leads to Tahrir Square, has not operated since the dispersal. It is planned to be reopened by mid-May.
“Preparations are in full swing to complete the installation of a new integrated security system within the station for its reopening within three weeks. Automated gates and surveillance cameras are being installed at the entrances and the exits of the station to detect any potential acts of sabotage,” Metro chief Ali Fadaly told state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram April 25.