STONEHENGE AND THE A303

The Government has announced plans to upgrade a seven-mile single carriageway stretch of the A303 near Stonehenge in Wiltshire into a dual carriageway. The single carriageway section of the A303 currently runs alongside the stones and the Government’s proposed option is “to construct a 1.8 mile dual carriageway tunnel to improve journey times, remove the sight and sound of traffic and enhance the world heritage site”.(Tunnel route map). A Stonehenge consultation process has been launched, which runs from 12th January to 5th March, to give the public the opportunity to comment on the proposals.

The critical points in any A303 project are the location of the tunnel portals and the length of the new road being built. The latest proposals envisage an eastern portal just to the east of the point where the current A303 cuts across the Avenue and a western portal to the southwest of the Normanton Down Barrow Group which is well south of the current A303 and so will involve a length of new dual carriageway within the World Heritage Site.

CBA and CBA Wessex have been following the development plans for the A303 over many years and, following a recent Trustees Meeting, CBA has issued an initial statement on the A303 road proposals.  http://new.archaeologyuk.org/news/cba-statement-on-stonehenge-proposals . CBA  have also published a  revised set of Cardinal Principles against which any road project within the Stonehenge World Heritage site would be judged. CBA and CBA Wessex, together with other interested parties, will organise a public meeting to discuss this project and formulate appropriate responses. Further details will appear on this website.

All the details and the consultation documents can be found on the project website at www.highways.gov.uk/a303stonehenge/consultation

To get involved you can attend one of the public information events listed below to meet the project team, ask questions and view more details of these proposals.

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, Salisbury

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