A303 Stonehenge

Closed 5 Mar 2017

Opened 12 Jan 2017

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About this scheme

The A303 is the most direct main route between the South East and the South West. Tens of thousands of people use the road every day, including tourists on their way to some of the nation’s favourite holiday destinations.

But for now the road is not great at getting people from A to B. It is regularly congested and is frustrating for motorists who try to avoid tailbacks by diverting onto unsuitable local roads. This makes life hard for local communities too.

The aim is to transform the route into an expressway, a new type of strategic road which is as safe and reliable as a motorway and where ‘mile-a-minute’ journeys are the norm.

In its Road Investment Strategy, the government has identified eight separate sections of road along the A303 and A358 to Taunton where upgrades are needed, and has made funding available for the first three to get under way.

This website is about our first public consultation on one of these schemes, the A303 Stonehenge scheme between Amesbury and Berwick Down. The road currently runs through the Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site, past Stonehenge, and through the village of Winterbourne Stoke.

What we are proposing

Between Amesbury and Berwick Down, we need a free-flowing dual carriageway to replace the current single carriageway section which runs past Stonehenge and through the village of Winterbourne Stoke.

Our proposed solution is to build a 1.8 mile (2.9 kilometre) tunnel under the World Heritage Site (WHS), a bypass for Winterbourne Stoke and improve the existing junctions between the A303 and the intersecting A345 and A360. We would now like to know what you think about our initial proposals.

As well as easing congestion, improving life for local communities and reducing the risk of accidents, we believe our proposals will improve the setting of Stonehenge and other important monuments within the WHS.

As we develop our proposals, we need to address some complex and difficult issues which have been stumbling blocks in the past. The good news is that previous attempts to build a road tunnel at Stonehenge have given us lots of information from which we can give ourselves the best possible chance of success this time around.

Scheme objectives

There are many potential benefits to finding a better route for an upgraded A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down.

Transport: A dual carriageway with high standards of safety would improve journey times and safety, especially in summer. The new south-west expressway’s up to date technology would help manage traffic and provide information to drivers. Providing a bypass for Winterbourne Stoke and relieving Shrewton, Larkhill, Bulford and Durrington of rat-running traffic would improve safety for local residents, cyclists and pedestrians.

Economic growth: Roads are the backbone of the UK economy. Improving journey times would help make the South West more competitive with the rest of the country. Shorter journey times cut transport costs, and give businesses better access to markets, suppliers and skills. In turn this would help make the region more productive and boost tourism. It would also give the South West’s growing population better access to more jobs and schools. Better connections will support the development of more homes.

Cultural heritage: The World Heritage Site is cut in two by the A303 at the moment and is spoiled by the sounds and sights of traffic. Placing the A303 in a tunnel would enhance the WHS. As well as making Stonehenge easier to get to, the scheme would reconnect the stone circle with nearby ancient monuments and help people explore the wider WHS.

Environment and community: The scheme would enhance biodiversity within the WHS and reduce the impact of congestion, noise and emissions on local communities. It would improve the quality of everyday life in local communities.

It is very early days, but, as the scheme progresses, we will look for ways to reduce its effect on the environment and take opportunities to make enhancements to the environment wherever we can.

Public consultation

We are consulting the public on our proposed options from 12 January to 5 March 2017. This is your opportunity to give your views on our proposals.

Below you will find documents which will guide you through the consultation process and help you locate the information you want to read. When you are ready to have your say you can use the online feedback form to tell us what you think.

Documents

The case for improving the A303

Public consultation information

Factsheets

Public consultation promotion

Technical documents

Maps

Videos

Come and see us

We are holding a series of public information events where you can see detailed maps and plans, view computer visualisations and talk to our project experts:

Location Date Time
The Manor Barn
High St, Winterbourne Stoke, SP3 4SZ
Saturday 14 January 2017 11am to 5pm
Antrobus House
39 Salisbury Rd, Amesbury, SP4 7HH
Wednesday 18 January 2017 2pm to 8pm
Shrewton Village Hall
Recreation Ground, The Hollow, Shrewton, SP3 4JY
Friday 20 January 2017 5pm to 9pm
Avon Valley College
Recreation Rd, Durrington, SP4 8HH
Saturday 21 January 2017 11am to 5pm
Larkhill Primary School
Wilson Road, Larkhill, SP4 8QB
Tuesday 24 January 2017 5pm to 9pm
The Manor Barn
High St, Winterbourne Stoke, SP3 4SZ
Friday 27 January 2017 2pm to 8pm
The Guildhall
The Market Place, Salisbury, SP1 1JH
Saturday 28 January 2017 11am to 5pm
Grove Hall
The Grove Building, Church Street, Mere, BA12 6DS
Saturday 4 February 2017 11am to 5pm
Society of Antiquaries
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BE
Monday 6 February 2017 2pm to 8pm
Antrobus House
39 Salisbury Rd, Amesbury, SP4 7HH
Wednesday 8 February 2017 2pm to 8pm

Have your say

If you need a hard copy of the feedback form, let us know and we can pop one in the post. Our contact email address is at the top of the page.

Don’t forget to provide your responses by 5 March 2017.

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