CAIRO: A total of 150 illegal level crossings were closed nationwide Sunday per a decision issued by the Ministry of Interior, according to a statement from the ministry’s General Directorate of Police Transport and Communications.
The closed crossings are located in Alexandria, Beheira, Marsa Matrouh, Kafr El-Sheikh, Menoufiya, Dakahlia, Damietta, Ismailia, Suez, Beni Suef, Fayoum, Qena, and Luxor, the statement added.
The initiative was launched in cooperation with the Ministry of Transportation and Egyptian National Railways aims to curb the threats of railway crossing accidents, the statement noted.
The Transport Ministry said Dec. 29 that it will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Military Production Ministry to upgrade railway crossings nationwide. Egypt’s railways, one of the oldest in the world, has been struggling with an outdated system for years.
A total of 781 people died in train accidents in 2014, according to a report issued by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization & Statistics (CAPMAS.)
In July 2014, it was ordered that a total of 4,5000 train crossings should be closed in an attempt to decrease accidents. In Asyut in November 2012, more than 50 students were killed when their bus was hit by a train when crossing the rails.