Traffic order in place by Stonehenge after number of near misses

Traffic order in place by Stonehenge after number of near misses

Published by Jack Deery at 1:59pm 27th May 2020.

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It's been put on the A303 to prevent vehicles stopping on the grass verge by the historical site.

A temporary traffic order will be in place after many traffic issues and near misses by cars being parked on the side were reported to police. 

The order prevents vehicles stopping on the verge of the A303 between Parkhouse roundabout and ends at Winterbourne Stoke in both directions.

Barney Appleton, Traffic Management and Road Safety Officer from the Wiltshire Police Road Safety Unit said: 

"This temporary order has been put in place following a number of calls from members of the public since May 17 reporting concerns that several vehicles had stopped on the grass verge of the A303, with occupants walking along the carriageway principally to photograph Stonehenge.

This was causing HGV’s and other vehicles to move into the middle of the carriageway. As well as this, we have also had reports of drivers continuing to push back temporary barriers to the entrances to nearby byways on the A303 so they can park there. 

We would ask all motorists to consider their actions and drive or park in a safe, legal and responsible manner."

They say that the order will monitored over the coming days and weeks. 

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