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1,000+Train Accidents in Egypt Every Year: Railway Authority

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On Friday, at least 41 people were killed and 179 injured after two trains collided in Egypt’s coastal governorate of Alexandria.

While the last major train accident occurred in 2013, multiple train accidents occur on average on a daily basis across Egypt.

According to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), the past 12 years have seen an average of 1,041 train accidents on an annual basis. A total of 13,539 train accidents occurred between 2004 and 2016, reports CAPMAS, citing numbers released by the National Railway Authority of Egypt.

In the past 12 years, there have been more than 1,000 accidents on an annual basis every year apart for four years: 2004 (975), 2011 (489), 2012 (447), and 2013 (781).

In 2016, 1,249 train accidents occurred, an increase of 19 accidents from 2015. Egypt recorded its highest number of train accidents in 2009, with 1,577 accidents occurring that year.

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Scene of Friday’s crash in Alexandria,
11 August 2017


It is unclear what type of accidents are considered by the National Railway Authority of Egypt to be accidents and the number of people killed or injured during such accidents. Egypt’s railway network carries more than 500 million passengers on a yearly basis.


CALLS FOR IMPROVEMENT

For more than a decade, there have routinely been calls for greater investment to improve Egypt’s railway network, which has a total length of 9,570 kilometers.

Improvement has been urged for signalling, level-crossings, tracks and more.

Hopes for improvement were raised in 2016 when German industrial giant Siemens announced that it had secured a contract from Egyptian National Railways to modernize 260 kilometers of railway networks in Egypt with advanced technology.

At the time, Siemens announced that the upgrades are part of a national strategic plan to develop and modernize the Egyptian railway system and are expected to improve safety standards. The development, co-financed by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD) and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development, is expected to cost more than $US 250 million.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has urged further modernization of Egypt’s railway network to extend to the thousands of other kilometers which have been untouched for many years.

There have been similar calls for greater training of railway workers. An undated video recently circulated on social media, which cannot be verified, showed a train driver smoking and chatting with friends while driving a train. More training and supervision have been urged as critical, particularly when the railway network itself is dated.

However, as the country continues to recover economically from the political and social turbulence that followed the 2011 and 2013 uprisings, it remains unclear how long it will take before any significant improvement occurs.

Source: https://egyptianstreets.com/2017/08/12/ ... authority/


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It stated on the news yesterday that China has the most road fatalities above any other country, last year 50,000+ lost their lives due to excessive speeds and aggressive driving, so this countries track record pales into insignificance in compassion.
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You have confused me Dusak :? are you saying it makes it all right that Egypt as less accidents than China? also the thread is about a train accident not road accidents, BTW China as about 1.4 billion people :)
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Of course no accident is OK, no matter how small or large, I placed the road casualties on as a side line out of interest as a lot of people have, over the years, stated Egypt's abysmal road death records. I, like many other posters, often go off the main point to add a little extra interest and or knowledge. Sometimes it creates more interest within the discussions. You do tend to get tired of the Cyprus comparables to Egypt ones. Or at least I do.
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DJKeefy wrote: BTW China as about 1.4 billion people
Apparently China has around 50% more road fatalities per head of population than Egypt.

Figures from 2013: http://apps.who.int/gho/data/node.main.A997

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