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

Supplementary consultation

Supplementary consultation is now open and will run from 17 July to 14 August 2018.

We would like your feedback on changes we’ve made to our proposals based on consultation feedback.

Have your say on our consultation page

Progress report

Earlier this year we consulted on our proposals for improving the A303 past Stonehenge, between Amesbury and Berwick Down. We have been using the feedback received to further develop our plans. From this we have identified three changes on which we would welcome your views before we submit our application to build the scheme.

These are:

  • to remove the previously proposed link between Byways 11 and 12 in the Stonehenge World Heritage Site
  • to widen the green bridge proposed near the existing Longbarrow roundabout
  • to move the proposed modification to Rollestone crossroads

Information about these changes can be found in our Supplementary consultation booklet.

A number of people also asked us to clarify our public rights of way proposals along the scheme, so we are taking this opportunity to provide that clarification.

Consultation on the proposed changes runs from 17 July 2018 to 14 August 2018.

This consultation is an opportunity for you to have your say on the changes we’re proposing, so we can take this into account before we submit our application for a Development Consent Order in autumn.

Our previous, full statutory public consultation on the entire scheme ran from Thursday 8 February to Monday 23 April 2018, and is now closed.

Feedback from both consultations will help us to continue to develop the scheme until we submit our application for planning consent (known as a Development Consent Order) to the Planning Inspectorate.

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

What’s next

We will report on what people said at both our statutory and supplementary consultations when we 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
17 July to 14 August 2018 Supplementary consultation
Late 2018 Submit planning application
2021 (planned) Start on site

Community news

For the supplementary consultation, we will be holding two public information events and making printed materials available at libraries and other community venues local to the scheme.

Please come along to one of our information events to ask our project team about the supplementary consultation.

Date Time Venue Address
Thursday 19 July 2018 2pm to 8pm The Manor Barn High St, Winterbourne Stoke, Salisbury, SP3 4SZ
Tuesday 31 July 2018 2pm to 8pm Antrobus House 39 Salisbury Rd, Amesbury, SP4 7HH

Copies of the supplementary consultation materials, including a booklet and response forms, will be available for inspection free of charge from Tuesday 17 July 2018 to Tuesday 14 August 2018 at the following locations and times:

  • Amesbury Library, Smithfield Street, Amesbury, Salisbury, SP4 7AL
  • Tidworth Leisure Centre, Nadder Road, Tidworth,SP9 7QW
  • Salisbury Library, Market Place, Salisbury, SP1 1BL
  • Wiltshire Council Offices County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN
  • Wilton Library, South Street, Wilton, SP2 0JS
  • Devizes Community Hub and Library, Sheep Street, Devizes, SN10 1DL
  • Marlborough Library, 91 High Street, Marlborough, SN8 1HD
  • Warminster Library, 3 Horseshoe Walk, Warminster, BA12 9BT
  • Westbury Library, Westbury House, Edward Street, BA13 3BD
  • The Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham, SN15 3QN

Thank you to everyone who came along to our events and submitted their responses for the previous consultation.

If you are following the progress of the scheme, 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.

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