Two years ago, a train accident that killed 25 people after a locomotive slammed into a barrier at the capital’s main Ramses railway station, was thought to be the breaking point for Egypt. What followed was upheaval in the sector and a light shed on the country’s ageing railways.
But the government’s persistent efforts since then appear to be anything but adequate to reduce the number deadly train crashes that have made headlines in recent months.
It is not entirely clear how efforts to upgrade the system will play out. But involving the private sector is on the cards, a move that observers are ambivalent about, with doubters arguing the current railway development endeavour is likely doomed to failure, like previous initiatives.
The notorious accident in February 2019, which saw victims set on fire on the platform – as shown in surveillance camera footage – sent
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