In ‘inner’ rural and mountain areas, the reflection on accessibility implies a shift of perspective with respect to urban contexts. Improving accessibility in these territories means acting on several fronts, not only enhancing the transport offer, but also acting on the local territorial capital, bringing (or bringing back) services, knowledge and interaction. The National Strategy for Inner Areas (snai) points in this direction, promoting a place-based approach grounded, on the one hand, on the provision of the ‘prerequisites’ for territorial development (among which accessibility) and, on the other hand, on local development. Based on the case study of Valle Arroscia, that was analysed in the espon urruc project and is a selected project area of snai, this article explores accessibility issues and challenges for inner areas, and reflects on future directions for development.
Keywords: inner areas; accessibility; policies