Upper Egypt train traffic returns to normal

Train traffic in Upper Egypt returned to normal Monday after 71 train routes were delayed or canceled over the past two days because of protests in two governorates.

The protests in Qena and Sohag over parliamentary elections results caused 55 trips to be delayed and 16 others to be canceled.

Protesters opened the rail routes after negotiations convinced them to end their sit-in, Egyptian Railways Authority head Hany Hegab told Egyptian state TV on Monday.

Hegab said some passengers canceled seat reservations because of the delays, which caused heavy losses for the authority.

The Egyptian Railways Authority has lost about LE70 million from 28 January 2011 to 10 January 2012, according to report by the authority on the impact of railroad strikes and sit-ins since the 25 January revolution.

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