£1.6 billion A303 upgrade looks to improve the notorious traffic black spot and connect the M3 and M5 motorways
Jimi Beckwith
13 September 2017

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has published plans for the long-discussed Stonehenge tunnel. 

The route links the M3 and M5 motorways and involves a 1.8-mile tunnel past the world-famous structure. 

As part of the £1.6 billion plan, a Winterbourne Stoke bypass is also coming, alleviating pressure on the village from its current traffic problems. 

The tunnel has long been reported in plans for the area and, following public consultation, one of its entrances was moved; the previous proposed entrance conflicted with the alignment of the solstice. 

The consultation process involved local communities, heritage groups, archaeologists, historians and engineers, giving more thought to the sensitive location than many other road construction projects. 

The tunnel runs 50 metres further from the stone structure than the A303 currently does and rejoins the two halves of the Unesco World Heritage Site - a 10-square-mile area that the A303 currently intersects horizontally. 

Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan described the A303 as a “vital route between the South-West and the rest of the country”. He said: “Highways England is committed to delivering a high-quality, modern road on this route.

“We have listened to feedback from consultation and believe this preferred route will help improve traffic flow, reduce rat-running on the surrounding roads, bringing improvements to local communities and benefits to the South-West economy.”

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13 September 2017

Can someone PLEASE explain to me why a simple line of trees (blocking the view) isn't being considered?  This is a road I've used a lot, and as recently as last month.  It's hugely annoying to watch people slow down to gawp at the stones - thus the slow-down goes back for miles.  A line of trees, or an embankment (would fit in well with the 'barrows' there) would stop people seeing the stones, and therefore stop them slowing down.  Yey know no one ever mentions it, so there must be a reason why it isn't being considered.

13 September 2017

£1.6 billion?! What a waste of money. How much corruption is involved in this contract?

Tourists heading towards the south-west of England should be made to use the M4 & M5 motorways instead of the A303.

13 September 2017

The view of the authorities has been blocked if the solution for blocking the view is digging a tunnel. There are many, much cheaper solutions. Put a low a speed sign forbidding the speed to be lower than 45mph, for example, unless in case of emergency. The two policemen fining the offenders will collect 1.6 bilion quids in no time. 1% of the sum will be used for hiding Stonehedge which has stopped traffic since the Stone Age.

13 September 2017

A random picture, clearly nowhere near Stone Henge.

13 September 2017

​Looks like a road about 40 miles away to me - the A338 out of Bourenmouth.

13 September 2017

...if Stonhenge collapsed into the tunnel.....

Steam cars are due a revival.

14 September 2017

Yeah, I think you'll find that the tunnel is not going directly under the stones!  It's actually some distance away.  It's even further away than the road is.

18 September 2017

Having used this route on a number of occasions over the years, I can agree with Bazzer that it is annoying when people slow down to look at the stones. Surely there are cheaper, more sensible alternatives to resolve this, or perhaps this is another case of money managment gone mad! We should be looking to save money not be spending more of it. 

Chris Richards
Utility Saving Expert

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