BORIS: Brexit could be good for Stonehenge tunnel plans

BORIS: Brexit could be good for Stonehenge tunnel plans

Published by Jack Deery at 5:39am 20th September 2019.

He says it could prove to be cheaper to build.

In July, Highways England started the procurement process for the scheme and they expect some of the world's best construction companies to be interested in the contract. 

With the UK set to leave the European Union on the 31st of October there was some doubt over organisations from abroad being able to do the work. 

But after a visit to the Salisbury Plain yesterday afternoon (19th September), the Prime Minister said it wouldn't make a difference to the companies interested, worldwide.

The PM spoke to Spire FM

We won't find out about who has won the contract until early 2021.

Mr Johnson was on a military visit to Beeches Barn near Netheravon. 

STONEHENGE TUNNEL

The contract notice for the building of a tunnel past Stonehenge has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union 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

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."

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