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Egypt’s deadly train crashes persist despite attempts to revitalise its dilapidated railway network. But now the private sector seems poised to get involved in managing and operating the lines – a step that does not necessarily guarantee improvements.
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.
This article first appeared on www.theafricareport.com
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