Summer mobility, the Anas plan

According to forecasts, a large part of Italians' movements during the summer will be concentrated within national borders.  Consequently, Anas has made it known that it has set up an ad hoc mobility plan.  Among the points of reference are: network monitoring and real time information.  Considering the current health emergency and the consequent choices made by Italians, according to the company, an "increase in traffic on the roads compared to last year is to be expected.  No exodus phenomena are expected, as was the case in the past, but many short and medium range trips. 

The days of increased traffic to the main holiday destinations will only be of concern the last weekend of July, affected by the first significant departures, and those of August which will focus on local movements, with traffic leaving the big cities to the nearest seaside resorts". To date, the black stamp day is considered Saturday 8 August, especially in the morning. 

As anticipated, one of the key points of Anas's summer mobility plan is necessarily the monitoring, through the various operating rooms, of the road and motorway network managed (a total of 30 thousand kilometres).  Also envisaged is "the use of cantonal staff and; the removal, where possible, of construction sites that may have an impact on the summer road network and the use of multiple traffic news channels.  For the irremovable worksites, Anas invites drivers to consult the website stradeanas.it in the section Traffic info/intervention plans before leaving".  The 2020 plan is drawn up in collaboration with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, together with Viabilità Italia, the Ministry of the Interior, Aiscat, the Civil Protection, the Traffic Police, the State Police, the Carabinieri and the National Fire Brigade.  "Anas will be present on the roads and motorways to support drivers  with about 1,100 vehicles, 6,011 fixed cameras, 1,079 variable message panels and 2,500 employees.  The 24 hour monitoring of the network and assistance for emergency intervention will be managed with 200 operators working between the National Situation Room and the 21 territorial operating rooms, including the A2 motorway "Motorway of the Mediterranean", which operates alongside the Traffic Police.  The regional arterial -roads monitored by Anas include Aurelia, Appia and Pontina. 

Updates, news and information on the Anas road network are available on the website stradeanas.it and through social channels (facebook and twitter).  Traffic information is also available through the CCISS and the "VAI" app.  There is also the toll-free number 800.841.148 to talk to an operator 24 hours a day, to get information on the road network in real time and, using button 5 of the menu, to get an update on the construction sites.  Anas bulletins are also available via radio and TV.  As for road safety, the campaign warns, in collaboration with the Police, #ONLYDRIVE (#GUIDAeBASTA), against any distraction, starting with the use of the mobile phone.  And then #ONLYLOVEME (#AMAMIeBASTA), against the abandonment of animals along the roads.    Every day, Anas's employees save a lot of dogs that are still abandoned along the Italian roads.  A cowardly gesture and also, extremely dangerous.  In Italy every year there are thousands of road accidents, even fatal ones, involuntarily caused by abandoned animals. 

The hotspots on the Italian highways, according to Viabilità Italia (the national coordination centre for road traffic, set up at the Ministry of the Interior)are: the Ligurian highways - the A10 between Genoa and Ventimiglia, the A12 between Genoa and Viareggio and the A15 between Parma and La Spezia – which will be among the arteries most affected by tourist traffic flows in the coming weeks.  As mentioned in the Ansa, Viabilità Italia points out the A22, along the entire stretch and especially at the exits to the mountain resorts.  On the A1, heavy traffic is expected, particularly between Piacenza and the junction with the A15, in the Bologna and Florence junctions, between Rome and Cassino and between Caserta and the connection with the A30.  There are also expected to be sustained traffic on the A3, between Naples and Salerno; the A14, between Bologna and Cattolica and between Ancona and Vasto; the A30 between the connection with the A1 and the Salerno-Avellino junction; the A23, near the Austrian border, from the intersection with the A4.