Reuniting the Stonehenge landscape and improving your journey
The A303 past Stonehenge between Amesbury and Berwick Down will be improved by creating a new dual carriageway with a tunnel removing traffic from much of this iconic setting.
What’s happening now?
Large projects like the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down are classified as nationally significant infrastructure projects, which means that a Development Consent Order (or DCO) is needed for permission to build.
The formal six-month public examination of the scheme proposals, which is part of the DCO planning process, ended on 2 October.
The panel of independent inspectors who have heard evidence throughout the examination were given three months to write a report with a recommendation on whether development consent should be granted. The inspectors issued their Recommendation Report to the Secretary of State for Transport on 2 January 2020.
He now has thee months in which to issue a decision, which once made will be shared on the Planning Inspectorate’s website along with the Inspectors’ report.
Take a look at our latest booklet to get a quick overview of the scheme – setting out its key features, and what benefits this will bring.
The Government gave us the go-ahead to start the process of appointing a contractor to build the scheme in July. This is happening in tandem with the planning process to allow construction to start on site as scheduled in 2021, if the scheme gets the green light. Find out more in our latest news section.
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