Soldiers and rescuers along the railway line in Breil-sur-Roya after storm Alex hit, October 7, 2020. -
Daniel Cole / AP / SIPA
In the Alpes-Maritimes, the railway line between Breil-sur-Roya and Tende will resume service.
More than 10 million euros will be released immediately by the state to restore it, while it was damaged by storm Alex in October, the Ministry of Ecological Transition, responsible for Transport, said on Monday.
The cost of priority works to put this line back into circulation has been estimated at 20 million euros, according to the ministry's calculations.
The works will be financed for 10.5 million euros by the State, provided as part of the recovery plan, for 7.5 million euros by the South region and for 2 million euros by the department of the Alps -Maritimes.
This operation will restore circulation from Breil-sur-Roya to Saint-Dalmas-de-Tende station before the end of January 2021, the ministry said.
"An absolute priority" for the Minister of Transport
"The reestablishment of this lifeline for all the inhabitants of the valley is an absolute priority, while the roads have suffered considerable damage which will require longer repairs", underlined Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, Minister Delegate in charge of Transport.
The opening up of the towns in the valley to date depends mainly on the rail network via the Nice-Breil and Coni-Vintimille lines.
At the beginning of October, bad weather left nine dead and nine missing in the hinterland of Nice and Menton.
The floods had also caused significant damage in the north of the Alpes-Maritimes department, especially in the Roya valley, where the road network was partly destroyed.
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