Search begins to find A303 Stonehenge Tunnel builders

Search begins to find A303 Stonehenge Tunnel builders

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 2:33pm 15th July 2019. (Updated at 6:37pm 15th July 2019)

Highways England has now started the procurement process for the scheme.

The application window for companies wanting to be involved in the £1.25 billion main part of the scheme is now open (from Monday July 15th).

However, we won't find out who's got the contract until early 2021.

A303 Stonehenge - Western tunnel portal
An artists impression of what the entrance to the tunnel might look like (courtesy of Highways England)

The contract notice has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) for the following work:

  • Eight miles of free-flowing, high-quality dual carriageway between Amesbury and Berwick Down
  • A tunnel at least two miles long underneath the World Heritage Site, closely following the existing A303 route, but a further 50 metres away from the Stonehenge monument, avoiding important archaeological sites
  • A new bypass to the north of the village of Winterbourne Stoke
  • Junctions with the A345 and A360 either side of the World Heritage Site

There'll also be a separate procurement process for the preliminary work on the project, at a cost of £450,000.

Highways England A303 Stonehenge Tunnel February 2018 3 (Highways England)
The tunnel would take traffic underneath the World Heritage Site, if approved, but the idea has proved controversial

NO DECISION ON THE TUNNEL JUST YET:

Highways England Project Director Derek Parody said:

"We expect this scheme to be of interest to some of the world's best construction companies, who want to be part of delivering this transformational project - a scheme which will not only unlock congestion along this vital A303 route, conserve and enhance the Outstanding Universal Value of the World Heritage Site but also benefit the local and regional economy by providing skills and job opportunities for businesses large and small.

"This in no way pre-empts the outcome of the ongoing Development Consent Order Examination. While this continues to progress, we need to begin the procurement to put us in a position to be able to start construction on schedule in 2021, providing consent is given.

"The start of the procurement process demonstrates the Government's continued commitment to this scheme and an expectation that progress on it continues as planned."

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