Trenitalia boosts free train connections between France and Limone ski resort

France and Italy are co-financing a free train service between the Roya Valley and the Italian towns on the other side of the border, making it far easier for skiers to reach the resort of Limone.  

The pretty alpine village and ski resort of Limone has suffered financially over the past few years, having been largely cut off from the French side of the nearby border since the devastating Storm Alex in October 2020 that destroyed road access via a tunnel that provided an alternative to the Col de Tende, which is often closed during the winter season.  

Now a new, increased train service co-financed by the Région Sud in France and the local Piedmont government in Italy to the tune of €700,000 is hoping to change that.  

Together with the Trenitalia rail network, six pairs of connections between Tende and Limone are being added to the daily programme as of 30th January, which already offers three returns trips between Ventimiglia and Cuneo. This will continue until April and the end of the ski season.  

According to Marco Gabusi, a councillor for transport, infrastructure and public works in the Piedmont region, this is hopefully the last winter season to be affected by the closure of the Tunnel de Tende. A partial reopening is due in autumn 2023, and the tunnel should be fully operational by 2025.  


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Premier League highlights: Arsenal strike late at Manchester United

Arsenal scored a late winner against Manchester United on Sunday to consolidate their top spot, whilst an Erling Haaland-inspired Manchester City kept up the pressure with a win against Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

In a gameweek of great consequence, there was another managerial sacking, whilst newly-appointed Southampton manager Nathan Jones is already coming under pressure.

Arsenal 3-2 Manchester United – Arsenal left it late to beat Erik Ten Hag’s side at the Emirates. Eddie Nketiah was ultimately Mikel Arteta’s saviour, prodding home from close range in the last minute of regulation time. Their lead over Manchester City currently stands at five points, but the Gunners also have a game in hand.

Liverpool 0-0 Chelsea – Who would have thought that this would have been a mid-table clash at the start of the year? Ultimately, a point does neither side any favours. Former Monaco defender Benoît Badiashile went closest with a header, but the game finished goalless.

Southampton 0-1 Aston Villa – Whilst Villa slowly claw their way out of trouble, Southampton are in an increasingly perilous position. The new manager bounce under Jones never took affect, and currently bottom of the league, his job is potentially being called into question already.

West Ham 2-0 Everton – Frank Lampard’s fate was sealed after a defeat against relegation rivals West Ham. A Jarrod Bowen double was the nail in the coffin for the former Chelsea manager, who has failed to galvanise his team after successfully avoiding the drop during the last campaign.

Leicester City 2-2 Brighton – A late Evan Ferguson goal earned Brighton a draw against Leicester. The Seagulls remain in the hunt for European football, whilst the Foxes are still looking over their shoulder, with just one point separating them from the relegation zone.

Leeds United 0-0 Brentford – The Yorkshire side are struggling to pull away from the relegation zone. It was another positive outing from Jesse Marsch’s men, but they couldn’t find the goal to earn the three points.

Fulham 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur – Once again it was Harry Kane who proved the difference. His goal late in the first-half lifts the mood at the club, after a tense fortnight, during which the future of manager Antonio Conte was questioned.

Bournemouth 1-1 Nottingham Forest – The home side remain in the bottom three after Forest’s late equaliser. Both sides remain in the trouble, despite Forest currently sitting in 13th place.

Crystal Palace 0-0 Newcastle United – Another goalless draw in a low-scoring gameweek. Newcastle remain in the Champions League spots and continue to defy expectations.

Manchester City 3-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers – Haaland cannot stop scoring. The Norwegian forward already has 25 Premier League goals this season, nine more than Kane who is second in the goal-scorer rankings. The Golden Boot race already looks like a foregone conclusion.

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