Aosta Valley economy at risk due to connections

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Confindustria Valle d’Aosta is one of the business associations that signed a joint note in which concerns about the situation in the area are expressed. Concerns that seem to be confirmed also by the recent and not very exciting data relating to exports in the first nine months of 2023 compiled by Istat: regional exports suffered a contraction of 23 percentage points in the period between January and September.

«The restrictions on transit on the A4-A5 motorway connection will have a significant impact on Aosta Valley tourism, already experienced by other logistical problems – points out Luigi Fosson, president of Adava (the regional association of hoteliers and tourism businesses) -. It is sufficient to consider that already on the occasion of the recent Immaculate Conception the Aosta Valley motorway network was in difficulty, with a continuous queue of vehicles from Verres to the Santhià junction. Sometimes I wonder what drives these guests and tourists of ours to return on subsequent weekends after an experience of this type. As a category – continues President Adava – we ask for particular attention to this critical issue to safeguard tourism in the Aosta Valley”.

Disappointment also on the part of the president of Confcommercio Valle d’Aosta, Graziano Dominidiato: «The new traffic restrictions will also heavily influence the commercial sector. Especially during holiday periods, a significant part of consumption and purchases in our sector are made by tourists who reach the city of Aosta and the many mountain tourist resorts in the Aosta Valley. Confcommercio invites the authorities to consider alternative solutions to mitigate the inconvenience suffered.”

Similar concerns are also expressed by the other associations that joined the joint note: Confartigianato, Cna and Coldiretti.

The president of the Valle d’Aosta Region, Renzo Testolin, in a letter addressed to Ativa itself, to the Ministry of Transport, to the Piedmont Region and to the various interested parties, underlines how «the alternatives indicated, which for heavy traffic will hinge on Turin , will be particularly burdensome for carriers and users in general, with a certain impact on international traffic through the Mont Blanc motorway tunnel, as well as on the Fréjus tunnel and on the supply routes to that infrastructure, due to the stresses that they will still be subjected to ».

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