Despite the increase in ticket prices, the trains of the poor are 9 times slower than the normal rate

Train passengers across Egypt complained about the poor service provided by the Railway Authority to its passengers, as the delay in the arrival times of trains has been going on for nearly a year, after the Sohag and Toukh train accidents last year, which, according to an investigation by Mada Masr, doubled The arrival hours of the trains have doubled to 9 times, and that this is not the result of the past days, when the weather and its different conditions.

Mada Masr’s investigation, titled (Trains are getting slower, the minister is looking into increasing the ticket price) was quoted as saying that it took about 45 hours, as he was riding the 2006 VIP train, heading from Giza Governorate to Assiut, last Friday, where he boarded The train at 11 pm on Friday, and arrived in Assiut the next day at 12.5 pm, in the normal trip time, estimated at 5 hours at the latest.
The report’s author said, “The railway justified earlier this week – the first of January – that it was due to bad weather and rainfall, which prompted it to slow the speed of trains in order to ensure the safety of passengers.”
He also quoted another passenger on a line other than the Upper Egypt line, where Monem Salam boarded the train heading from Cairo to Alexandria in six trips on three different days, all on VIP class, during the month of December. Each trip took about 4 hours more than the normal time, Estimated at about two and a half hours.

According to Mohamed Makkawi, who took the train from Cairo to Benha about 3 times a week, he took the train number 925, which started at 5 and arrived at its destination in Benha at 7 pm, and the journey from Cairo to Benha takes 45 minutes.
Mada Masr referred to a case that wrote on Twitter that its journey by train from Cairo to the village of Al-Fashn in Beni Suef governorate took 15 hours, a trip that should not exceed two hours, adding that the train was taken by foreigners on a trip to Beni Suef. He has to cancel some parts of their visit program.

moving times
In addition to late arrival times, Mada Masr pointed out that the crisis also included a delay in moving dates, and quoted Omar Shalaby, who booked a train trip from Cairo to Mit Ghamr in Dakahlia, on December 15, delaying the move by about 4 hours.
And about Malak Nadi, on his journey from Minya to Port Said, where the train was supposed to depart from Mallawi Station at 3 am, but was delayed until 8 am.

Ticket price increase
Indeed, the prices of train tickets increased remarkably between 40 to 75%, to the extent that one of the trains in Sharqia – the Samaana train – increased the ticket price from one pound to 5 pounds, without announcing, however, an attempt by the Minister of Transport in the coup government, Lieutenant General Kamel Al-Wazir, said that “the ministry It will take this step on June 30, after the railway development system is completed.”
Regarding the slowdown of the lines and the schedules of trips from and to arrival, the minister justified this by saying that “the biggest slowdown in train lines affected the “Cairo-Aswan” line, and lasted only two hours, before the last bad weather wave at the end of December, and the delays that occurred during the past few days were As a result of the threats that train drivers resort to, or the so-called disengagement, that is, controlling the trains manually away from the tower that controls the train.”
In an unjustified confidence, the Minister of Transport for the coup considered that “citizens will accept the increase in the price of tickets after they find excellent services on the train lines.”
He linked this step to the completion of the railway development system, which will result in the ability for trains to leave on time and arrive on time,” according to Mada Masr.

overpowered train
Commenting on what Mada Masr reported, Dr. Mahmoud Wahba, an economist residing in New York, said, “Sisi is known for speed, except in matters that benefit the people. The trains are slow or fast.”
He explained that the monorail in the desert costs about 6.5 billion dollars, and that the electric train in the new capital costs another 23 billion dollars to serve the “high people.”
By way of comparison, he pointed out that “the railway network that serves millions and needs 10 billion pounds (not dollars) is neglected, delayed and disrupted, and only crumbs are spent on it.”

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