A303 Stonehenge

1 of 8 planned Highways England schemes along the A303, A358 and A30 to link the South West and South East of England.

Region:  South West
Start date:  TBC
Cost:  ÂŁ1.6 billion
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  A303 / A358 Corridor improvements

Progress report

Our most recent public consultation ran from Thursday 8 February to Monday 23 April 2018, and is now closed.

Thank you to everyone who responded.

Feedback from this public consultation will help us in our continued development of the scheme to the time when we submit our application for planning consent (known as a Development Consent Order) to the Planning Inspectorate.

The materials we shared during public consultation are all available in the 'Media & Documents' section below.

What’s next

The latest public consultation was the latest step in the legal and planning process to apply for a Development Consent Order. For more information about this, see our handy guide to the planning process.

Timeline

Date Event
2013 A303 feasibility study announced as part of the Autumn Statement
2014 Scheme included in the Roads Investment Strategy
2015-2016 Route options assessed
12 January to 5 March 2017 Non-statutory consultation on route options
September 2017 Preferred route announced
8 February to 6 April 2018 Statutory consultation on proposed scheme
Late 2018 Submit planning application
2021 (planned) Start on site

Community news

As part of the consultation process, we held a series of public drop-in events where you could find out about the scheme plans and talk to our project experts. We also made scheme information available at libraries and other community venues local to the scheme.

Thank you to everyone who came along to our events and submitted their responses.

You may well have followed earlier versions of this scheme. Some of these will have had different approaches and processes, or been governed by older legislation. We’ve put together a clear guide to the planning process we’re following: this explains exactly what happens, when, and how you get can get involved.

Why we need this scheme

As part of the most direct route between the South East and the South West, the A303 past Stonehenge plays a big part in the daily lives of tens of thousands of people, and for many it can be a daily struggle.

Average traffic flows along the single carriageway section between Amesbury and Berwick Down are twice what it was designed for, and the road is even busier in the summer tourist period.

The road bisects the Stonehenge part of the Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site, running just 165 metres away from the most famous stone circle in the world. The road also cuts the village of Winterbourne Stoke in two.

An improved dual-carriageway, via a tunnel past Stonehenge, will help unlock economic growth in the South West by transforming journey reliability, increasing safety and improving connectivity with neighbouring regions, while protecting or enhancing the environment.

To make sure we achieve this, the project has four key objectives:

  • Transport: to create a high quality reliable route between the South East and the South West that meets the future needs of traffic.
  • Economic growth: to enable growth in jobs and housing by providing a free-flowing and reliable connection between the South East and the South West.
  • Cultural heritage: to help conserve and sustain the World Heritage Site and to make it easier to reach and explore.
  • Environment and community: to improve biodiversity and provide a positive legacy for nearby communities.

Project media files and documents

Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The A36 southbound between the junctions with the A338 and the A27 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 21 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2018, 7:02 pm
Location : The A36 northbound between the junctions with the A27 and the A338 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 16:00 from 21 June 2018 to 22 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 16:00 from 25 June 2018 to 29 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2018, 3:01 pm
Location : The A36 southbound between the junctions with the A338 and the A27 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 16:00 from 21 June 2018 to 22 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 16:00 from 25 June 2018 to 29 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2018, 3:01 pm
Location : The A303 westbound between the A338 and the junction with the A345 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 25 June 2018 to 28 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2018, 2:10 pm
Location : The A303 eastbound between the A345 and the junction with the A338 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Litter clearance is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 25 June 2018 to 28 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 20, 2018, 2:10 pm

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