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Petition: A large group of managers from eastern Finland demand the repair of Leppävirta–Kuopio road

In a petition circulated by the Kuopio Region Chamber of Commerce, 84 managers of businesses and organizations in eastern Finland demand policy-makers to promptly implement expansionary measures to address the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus epidemic. The managers who signed the petition hope for public economic recovery through the launching of new infrastructure and transportation projects and the acceleration of ongoing projects through additional funding. Prompt expansionary measures can boost private and public consumption in addition to increasing investments, employment and tax revenue.

Recovery measures are required to develop national road 5, especially between Leppävirta and Kuopio. The portion of road 5 between Leppävirta and Vehmasmäki (32 km) is part of the trunk route from North and South Savo, North Karelia and Kainuu to southern Finland and part of the extensive TEN-T Network. In addition, the improvement of national road 5 between Leppävirta and Kuopio is a top-priority project in the Transport Strategy for Eastern Finland, approved by three provinces in Eastern Finland (South and North Savo and North Karelia) in 2015.

The managers propose inclusion of the development project in the supplementary budget of the Ministry of Finance in June. The estimated cost of the project is roughly EUR 120 million. In addition, the petition calls for the swift launching of other transportation projects, such as the Kuopio railway yard, extension of the locks along the Saimaa Canal and the improvement of the Savo railroad. It also proposes an increase to the funding for basic transport infrastructure management.

Attached is the petition of the business managers.

More information: Managing Director Kaija Savolainen, Kuopio Region Chamber of Commerce, kaija.savolainen@kuopiochamber.fi, tel. +358 40 514 8784

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