ANOTHER consultation on A303 Stonehenge plans

ANOTHER consultation on A303 Stonehenge plans

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 1:38pm 4th July 2018.

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A few tweaks are being made by Highways England to the proposals for a tunnel, road dualling and a Winterbourne Stoke bypass.

Yet another public consultation's being launched by Highways England - as they've drawn up revised proposals for the A303 upgrades past Stonehenge.

We're told the changes to the plans are as a result of public feedback from the last consultation, held earlier this year.

The £1.6 billion scheme aims to make the route through the World Heritage Site (WHS) a dual carriageway, put it within a 3 kilometre long tunnel and put in a bypass to the north of Winterbourne Stoke.

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A few changes to the plans have been put forward this time:

  • Removing the previously proposed link between Byways 11 and 12 in the Stonehenge WHS to avoid affecting the setting of the Normanton Down barrow group and tranquillity of the site in this area 
  • Widening the green bridge proposed near the existing Longbarrow roundabout to improve the physical and visual connection between the northern and southern parts of the WHS
  • Moving the proposed modification of Rollestone crossroads to provide a more compact layout

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Highways England say they had more than 5,000 responses to the last consultation process and have a duty to take in comments for all the changes they make to their proposals.

Derek Parody, Highways England Project Director for the A303 Stonehenge scheme, said:

"We had a great response to our earlier consultation and have acted on the feedback. We now want to get people's views on our proposed changes to our original consultation. The further feedback we get will allow us to make sure we have got the best scheme before we make our application later this year to build the scheme.

"Meanwhile we continue to work with heritage groups including Historic England, English Heritage, the National Trust, and experts in the field, including the Stonehenge Scientific Committee - a body of leading independent archaeologists - to ensure a new route is built sensitively to the World Heritage site."

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The latest consultation will start on July 17th and run through until August 14th.

All of the information we need to take a look at and comment on will be found on the dedicated section of the Highways England website.

There will also be two public consultation events locally:

  • Thursday 19th July - The Manor Barn, High Street, Winterbourne Stoke, SP3 4SZ - 2.00pm to 8.00pm
  • Tuesday 31st July - Antrobus House, 39 Salisbury Road, Amesbury, SP4 7HH - 2.00pm to 8.00pm
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