190 million EGP losses from train stoppage
Egypt's trains - YOUM7/Essam Abd el-Rahman
By Ahmed Abdel Rahman


CAIRO: The Egyptian National Railway losses mounted to 190 million EGP in over 40 days of stoppage, the authority’s chairman Hussien Zakaria said on Saturday.

Train movement resumed partially Saturday for the first time since it was completelysuspendedon August 14 following the dispersal of the Rabaa Al-Adaweya and Nahda sit-ins, in anticipation of violence targeting passengers or railway facilities.

The trainson Saturday were restricted to the lines between Alexandria-Banha and Qena-Aswan.

Zakaria said that resumption of railway service to Cairo depends on security reports which must ensure the safety of commuters and the authority’s workers.

“We conducted some developments and maintenance during the suspension,” Zakaria said in a phone interview on the Hona al-Aasema (Here is the Capital) show on the privately-owned satellite channel CBC.

Railway officials are still uninformed of the date of the resumption of services as the Interior Ministry upholds the suspension.

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