Public Consultation on A303 and Stonehenge
23 January 2017
On 12 January 2017, Highways England announced the commencement of the public consultation on the £1.4 billion proposals to improve the A303 past Stonehenge, between Amesbury and Berwick down, Wiltshire.
This is part of a much larger scheme to improve the A303 in the west country, turning it into a “mile a minute” Expressway. This is the latest in a decades-long saga of highly contentious (and expensive) attempts to improve the notorious traffic bottleneck on the A303 past Stonehenge whilst minimising the impact on the monument and the surrounding landscape of the World Heritage site.
The Society’s submission to the public consultation on the 2006 scheme supported the proposal for a 2.1 km on-line bored tunnel as the most practicable solution. The new 2017 proposals consist of a 2.9 km bored tunnel with new, more southerly route and attendant road alignments west of the tunnel.
The Society’s Policy Committee will be making a response to the new proposals in due course, but asks any Fellows with an interest in these proposals to send them to the General Secretary, John Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org) for consideration by the Committee. The Highways England consultation website has links to information outlining the proposals. The consultation period is very short (closing date is 5 March) so Fellows should submit their comments to the General Secretary by Monday, 13 February 2017 to allow the Policy Committee to give them due consideration.
Finally, Fellows will see that Highways England has advertised on their website a number of “public information events” where detailed plans and other information will be on display. One of the events will be held at the Society’s apartments at Burlington House on 6 February, 14.00 to 20.00. Interested Fellows are encouraged to attend this or the other events being held, but should be reassured that this does not represent support by the Society of any of the Highways England proposals.
The Society's statement of values, which were agreed by Council earlier this year, guide the Society's Policy Committee in all areas.