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Together against transit traffic

Aug 06, 2017
CIPRA Italy. While most of Italy is surrounded by the Mediterranean, to the north the country is encircled by a wide arc formed by the Alps. Goods shipped to Italy via sea routes are distributed onwards throughout Europe from Italy, with European products shipped out through Italian ports.
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More political engagement is needed to reduce transit traffic through the alps. © Caroline Begle

Overall, around 90% of shipments, including passenger traffic, are transported by road, making transalpine traffic of paramount importance for Italy.

These road links are already well developed, and yet new projects aimed at building priority Alpine thoroughfares are being thought up all the time. In 2016 the Transport Committee of the European Parliament put before the vote of its plenary session a report which, among other things, provided for the extension of the Alemagna motorway as a new transalpine transit route between Munich/D and Venice/I. CIPRA Italy, together with other CIPRA representatives, interceded with the Transport Committee of the European Parliament against the further expansion of  transalpine transit routes – and its appeal did not fall on deaf ears: in a report the European Parliament rejected the relevant passages by a large majority.

With the support of transport experts, CIPRA Italy also published a report on the transit traffic situation at the crossing points through the Alps. It transpires that the Italian government has not yet implemented many economic, fiscal and organisational measures aimed at promoting the transfer of traffic from the roads to the railways. The other Alpine countries are also lagging behind in this regard. Indeed, without flanking measures, it will be impossible to achieve climate change objectives.