A303 Stonehenge Consultation 2017 – HAD Response
Highways England (HE) plans along the A303, A358 and A30 to create a world-class Expressway to link the south west and south east of England.
The A303 currently runs through the Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site, past Stonehenge, and through the village of Winterbourne Stoke and ‘improvement’ of this section is the first of the proposals to create the expressway to go to public consultation.
What HE is proposing
Between Amesbury and Berwick Down, HE states that “we need a free-flowing dual carriageway to replace the current single carriageway section which runs past Stonehenge and through the village of Winterbourne Stoke.”
The proposed solution is to build a 1.8 mile (2.9 kilometre) tunnel under the World Heritage Site (WHS), a bypass for Winterbourne Stoke and improve the existing junctions between the A303 and the intersecting A345 and A360.
The HE scheme webpage states: “As well as easing congestion, improving life for local communities and reducing the risk of accidents, we believe our proposals will improve the setting of Stonehenge and other important monuments within the WHS.”
HAD approached its response by focusing on the impact the proposals will have on the potential disturbance of ancestors and disruption to evidence of ancestral activity within the wider Stonehenge landscape.
Read the full transcript of HAD’s response here.