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STONEHENGE AND THE A303 – SEPTEMBER 2017 UPDATE

Earlier this year the Government 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”. A Stonehenge consultation process was  launched, which ran until 5th March, to give the public the opportunity to comment on the proposals. CBA Wessex together with numerous other archaeological bodies expressed their opposition to the proposed scheme because of the location of the proposed tunnel portals, especially the western portal, and the introduction of a significant length of dual carriageway into the World Heritage Site and urged the government to explore further options

The government has responded to the significant public feed back, from over 9,000 individuals and organisations, and has announced a “preferred route” which involves a similar length tunnel but with the western portal moved north to a position just south of the existing A303 and the surface route running between The Diamond and the Winterbourne Stoke barrow group before crossing the A360 to join a new roundabout to the west of the current Longbarrow Roundabout. This “preferred route” will then bypass Winterbourne Stoke to the north.

This is obviously a significant improvement on the previous proposals and we will study it in detail before making any further comments. Further consultation on the details of the route will take place in 2018 between 8th February and 6th April. Details of this new proposal are available on www.highways.gov.uk/A303Stonehenge/consultation and there are a number of consultation events listed below.

Public information events

As part of the consultation process, Highways England will be holding a series of public drop-in events where you can find out about the scheme plans and talk to the project experts. Everyone is welcome to these; please feel free come along to make sure you get the latest, most accurate information about the scheme and ask any questions you may have.

Date Time Location Address
Friday 9 February 2018 14.00 to 20.00 Antrobus House 39 Salisbury Rd, Amesbury, SP4 7HH
Saturday 10 February 2018 11.00 to 17.00 Antrobus House 39 Salisbury Rd, Amesbury, SP4 7HH
Thursday 22 February 2018 14.00 to 20.00 Kennet Valley Village Hall (Avebury) Overton Road, Lockeridge, Marlborough, SN8 4EL
Friday 23 February 2018 14:00 to 20:00 Warminster Civic Centre Sambourne Road, Warminster, BA12 8LB
Saturday 24 February 2018 11.00 to 17.00 Shrewton Village Hall Recreation Ground, The Hollow, Shrewton, SP3 4JY
Tuesday 27 February 2018 14:00 to 20:00 The Laverton Hall Bratton Road, Westbury, BA13 3EN
Thursday 1 March 2018 14.00 to 20.00 Mere Lecture Hall Salisbury Street, Mere, BA12 6HA
Saturday 3 March 2018 11.00 to 17.00 The Guildhall, Salisbury The Market Place, Salisbury, SP1 1JH
Thursday 8 March 2018 12.00 to 20.00 Society of Antiquaries Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BE
Friday 9 March 2018 14.00 to 20.00 The Manor Barn High St, Winterbourne Stoke, SP3 4SZ
Saturday 10 March 2018 11.00 to 17.00 The Manor Barn High St, Winterbourne Stoke, SP3 4SZ
Tuesday 13 March 2018 14.00 to 20.00 Avon Valley College Recreation Road, Durrington, SP4 8HH
Wednesday 14 March 2018 16.00 to 20.30 Larkhill Primary School Wilson Road, Larkhill, SP4 8QB
Friday 23 March 2018 14.00 to 20.00 Antrobus House 39 Salisbury Rd, Amesbury, SP4 7HH

Deposit points

  • Amesbury Library, Smithfield Street, Amesbury, Salisbury, SP4 7AL
  • Tidworth Leisure Centre, Nadder Road, Tidworth,SP9 7QW
  • Salisbury Library, Market Place, Salisbury, SP1 1BL
  • Wiltshire Council Offices County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN
  • Wilton Library, South Street, Wilton, SP2 0JS
  • Devizes Community Hub and Library, Sheep Street, Devizes, SN10 1DL
  • Marlborough Library, 91 High Street, Marlborough, SN8 1HD
  • Warminster Library, 3 Horseshoe Walk, Warminster, BA12 9BT
  • Westbury Library, Westbury House, Edward Street, BA13 3BD
  • The Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham, SN15 3QN

In addition, consultation booklets and response forms will be available throughout the consultation period at the following locations:

  • Stonehenge Visitor Centre, Near Amesbury, SP4 7DE
  • The Barcroft Medical Practice, Barcroft Medical Centre, Amesbury, SP4 7DL
  • St Melor Surgery, Edwards Road, Amesbury, Salisbury, SP4 7LT
  • Larkhill Medical Centre, Willoughby Road, Larkhill, Salisbury, Durrington, SP4 8QY
  • Till Orchard Surgery, High Street, Shrewton, Salisbury, SP3 4BZ
  • Cross Plain Health Centre, High Street, Shrewton, Salisbury, SP3 4DB