Following the report on Friday, Israel's Transport Minister Israel Katz has said today that unless Israel Railways implements improved safety, he will order the shut down of trains in Israel on 17 August, the Jerusalem Post is reporting.
The Transport Minister is requiring Israel Railways to increase the monitoring and enforcement of train drivers, requiring testing for new drivers and regular testing of trains.
Comment - Following the recent incidents on trains in recent months, including crashes caused by bad driving, it is unchallengeable not to introduce these new safety proposals. Any protest by the unions against these will surely be treated with hostility by the Israeli public. I for one can not understand how train drivers are not already required to pass a test before being allowed to drive the trains here in Israel.
EasyJet are to lauch flexible tickets on their flights to and from Tel Aviv, Globes has reported. This is with the aim of attracting more business flyers who at short-notice need to change the date of their flights.