Two months after security shutdown, train service to Cairo resumes
Train service to and from the Egyptian capital, Cairo, resumed Tuesday, after a break of more than two months due to a government-imposed ban over security concerns, local media reported.
Egypt's Interior Ministry imposed a ban on all intercity train movement after the violent August 14 dispersal of Cairo protests supporting ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.
Some intercity services in the far south and in northern provinces resumed in late September, but Cairo stations remained closed to traffic, dpa reported.
The Egyptian Railway Authority estimated losses over the period of closure at 550 million Egyptian pounds (80 million dollars), state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported online.
Trains are now running between Cairo and northern cities, with services to the provinces south of Cairo, considered Islamist strongholds, still suspended. Attempts to contact the ministry or the Cairo station for independent confirmation were unsuccessful.
Egypt's railways carried 1.4 million passengers daily in 2012, according to government figures.