The Merveilles train, on the Nice-Tende-Cuneo line, was also used to transport foodstuffs in the stricken valleys (here in Breil-sur-Roya) -

F. Binacchi / ANP / 20 Minutes

The inhabitants of the area will be able to feel a little less isolated.

Haute-Roya (Alpes-Maritimes), ravaged by the floods of October 2 and which was only accessible on foot or by helicopter, was opened up by the train thanks to the return to service on Monday of the line serving the municipality of Tende.

First TER passenger train in Saint-Dalmas de Tende!

What satisfaction for the effective opening up of Tende and La Brigue by rail.

A new major step @MaRegionSud @RenaudMuselier @GroupeSNCF taken, always mobilized in the face of bad weather.

- Philippe Tabarot (@PhilippeTabarot) October 19, 2020

"The train will arrive up to two kilometers from Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende where we have made a temporary station with SNCF Réseau, and passengers will be able to continue their journey through an on-demand transport service to go," by a provisional road, to Tende and La Brigue, ”said Senator Philippe Tabarot, adviser to the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (Paca) region in charge of transport.

The later full reopening

“At the same time, we are working with the Italians to be able to open up Tende from the north.

We have more important work to do there, ”added the elected official, providing for the return to normal of the Nice-Tende-Cunéo link (in Italy) in mid-February.

The Paca region has set up free transport on this line from Nice.

For the moment, only two daily return trips will be possible between Breil and Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende, morning and evening, for a journey of one hour and a half.

The destruction of the road serving Haute-Roya, whose repair costed by the department at 500 million euros, should take years.

A situation which makes this rail axis vital for the few thousand inhabitants of this high alpine valley.


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