Stonehenge A303 Road Improvement Scheme
On 1 December 2014, the Government announced in its Autumn Statement that it would invest in a tunnel of at least 2.9km to remove much of the A303 road from the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. This would be a fully-bored tunnel. Historic England, English Heritage and the National Trust welcomed the announcement as a 'momentous decision'. If implemented it would be the biggest single investment ever made by Government in this country's heritage.
Over the past two years, we have been working closely with English Heritage the National Trust and Highways England, as well as organisations such as ICOMOS (International Council for Monuments and Sites) and UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) to make sure plans for the tunnel protect and enhance the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. The tunnel would remove much of the existing barrier to the Stonehenge Landscape that is caused by the A303 and it would allow visitors to explore the whole of the World Heritage site.
Joint Statement about Highways England's Public Consultation
Historic England, English Heritage and the National Trust welcome Highways England’s public consultation on initial options to improve the A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down, and the inclusion of a tunnel scheme of at least 2.9km to remove much of the A303 road from the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. We are looking at the detail of the consultation document and potential tunnel scheme, and will be providing our responses in due course. We encourage others to take part in the public consultation and have their say.
If it is designed well, Historic England, the National Trust and English Heritage all firmly believe that a tunnel of the right length and location will deliver a scheme worthy of this world-famous place. The current A303 with its busy traffic ruins the setting of many prehistoric monuments and stops people from exploring a large part of the World Heritage Site. A tunnel would reunite the Stonehenge landscape and bring huge benefits, improving our understanding and enjoyment of the Stonehenge monument and the surrounding countryside.
12 January 2017
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Video: 1 December 2015
Tens of thousands of vehicles thunder past Stonehenge on the A303 every day. The heavy traffic and constant noise blight the landscape and the current road carves the entire World Heritage Site in two.
Efforts have been made to find a solution for the A303 since 1986 when Stonehenge became a World Heritage Site. It is vital that any tunnel scheme is in the right place and designed to the best specification, to protect the Outstanding Universal Value for which the site has been designated by UNESCO.