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 year, 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. If designed well, the tunnel would bring huge benefits. It would remove much of the existing barrier to the Stonehenge Landscape that is caused by the A303. It would allow visitors to explore the whole of the World Heritage site.
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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.
1 December 2015