A303 STONEHENGE: Have your say

Highways England A303 Stonehenge Plans February 2018 6 (Highways England)

12:02am 8th February 2018
(Updated 9:20am 8th February 2018)

It's our final chance to have a say on the plans to build a tunnel for the A303 at Stonehenge over the next weeks before they get sent off to go for planning permission.

A public consultation starts today (Thursday Feburary 8th) and lasts through until Friday April 6th, with some public exhibitions planned for us to take a look for ourselves.

The plans, by Highways England, are due to include dualling the A303 trunk road between Amesbury and Berwick Down, building a 3 kilometre tunnel for the road under the Stonehenge World Heritage Site.

WATCH: Take a look at the plans for the A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down, including a visualisation video of what it might look like on our news page

There'd also be a bypass for Winterbourne Stoke, and a new viaduct taking the road over the River Till.

A flyover for the Countess roundabout at Amesbury is also planned, to help reduce congestion.

Highways England A303 Stonehenge Tunnel February 2018

Here's how the tunnel could look on the outside and inside:

Highways England A303 Stonehenge Tunnel February 2018

We'll get a chance to take a look at the plans and give some feedback to Highways England until April 6th.

HAVE YOUR SAY:

Here's the list of the public exhibition events being held over the next few weeks:

  • Friday 9th February - Antrobus House, 39 Salisbury Road, Amesbury SP4 7HH, 2.00pm - 8.00pm 
  • Saturday 10th February - Antrobus House, 39 Salisbury Road, Amesbury SP4 7HH, 11.00am - 5.00pm 
  • Thursday 22nd February - Kennet Valley Village Hall (Avebury), Overton Road, Lockeridge, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 4EL, 2.00pm - 8.00pm
  • Friday 23rd February - Warminster Civic Centre, Sambourne Road, Warminster, BA12 8LB, 2.00pm - 8.00pm
  • Saturday 24th February - Shrewton Village Hall, Recreation Ground, The Hollow, Shrewton, SP3 4JY, 11.00am - 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 27th February - The Laverton Hall, Bratton Road, Westbury, BA13 3EN, 2.00pm - 8.00pm
  • Thursday 1st March - Mere Lecture Hall, Salisbury Street, Mere, Wiltshire BA12 6HA, 2.00pm - 8.00pm
  • Saturday 3rd March - The Guildhall, Salisbury, The Market Place, Salisbury, SP1 1JH, 11.00am - 5.00pm
  • Thursday 8th March - Society of Antiquaries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BE, 12 noon - 8.00pm
  • Friday 9th March - The Manor Barn, High Street, Winterbourne Stoke, SP3 4SZ, 2.00pm - 8.00pm
  • Saturday 10th March - The Manor Barn, High Street, Winterbourne Stoke, SP3 4SZ, 11.00am - 5.00pm
  • Tuesday 13th March - Avon Valley College, Durrington, SP4 8HH, 2.00pm - 8.00pm
  • Wednesday 14th March - Larkhill Primary School, Wilson Road, Larkhill, SP4 8QB, 4.00pm - 8.30pm
  • Friday March 23rd - Antrobus House, 39 Salisbury Road, Amesbury SP4 7HH, 2.00pm - 8.00pm

Here's how the new Countess junction at Amesbury could look for above:

Highways England A303 Stonehenge Tunnel February 2018

LISTEN:

Derek Parody from Highways England has been speaking to Spire FM about the plans and the consultation period:

If you can't make it along to any of the consultation sessions, there are also some places we can go to find the details at any point throughout the consultation:

  • 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

You can also take part in the consultation online by visiting roads.highways.gov.uk

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Once all the comments have been collated in this final consultation, the next step is to submit a planning application for the work.

Derek Parody from Highways England tells us what the timescale is:

"The development consent will actually be submitted in the autumn, so all the feedback that we get will feed in to the final version of the scheme. So getting people to tell us what they think and feel about the scheme and what we should change is really important."

The whole scheme's costing £1.6 billion and it's hoped work will start on site around 2021.

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