What a consecutive cycle of harrowing crashes Egypt has been facing for a long time in the infrastructure sector, taking souls and leaving the rest with no hope in a safe tomorrow.
The current incident is about the colliding of two trains near Tahta ; the first train 157 was heading from Luxor to Alexandria in which unknown individuals went to unexpectedly pull the Emergency brake ,hence the train was stuck on the railway with no presence of the train head or any external reinforcement to manage such an emergency, or to reverse the action which lead to a collision with the train 2011 VIP from behind which was heading from Aswan to Cairo, even after giving manual signals for the conductor of train 2011 VIP to stop which caused at least 32 deaths and 162 injuries.
Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouly stated in the conference over the incident on Egyptian TV that the county’s railways are beyond obsolete with no appropriate evolution.
In addition to the operating system being purely manual and requires a human factor to operate.
Therefore, after shedding light on the obvious influencing factors , it has become inevitable to recognize the flaws in the administrative system of the Egyptian railways reflected on the human factor as crew members in emergency situations. In addition to the depreciated and old railways particles and systems.
For the sake of appreciating the largest sector of people’s safety who consume such a service to take a role in society, economic activities, and basically for running their daily lives like others.
The situation demands an immediate, efficient action plan to follow the steps of the rest of developed global county’s railways, through:
• Reducing train accidents caused by human errors
A) Through training crew systems for safety related /electronic system related crisis, as later on they would be more proactive in taking actions in case of emergency.
B) Applying a strict supervision with transparency of enforcing the standard duties, policies, and safety measures on crew and passengers.
• Applying an intelligent safety system in cars to protect trains from colliding for instance, Positive Train Control system (PTC)
• Developing a technological control system including (switch points /brakes /track/ tracking /signals/crossing barriers)
• Establishing committees for regular evaluation
Finally, every thing has a cause and in order to enhance the outcome , it needs analyzing from a higher scope to see the bigger picture so we can retake the picture with the appropriate need of light for hope in taking a better one.
We agonizingly send our condolences to all causalities and their families.