Stonehenge A303 Road Improvement Scheme

Project
Looking towards Stonehenge from King Barrows Ridge

The Stonehenge Landscape is one of the most important prehistoric landscapes in Europe.

We care for over 2,100 acres (800 hectares) of the World Heritage Site and we take our responsibility to protect it very seriously.

The current surface A303 cuts through the heart of the World Heritage Site, harming the setting of many of the 400 sites and monuments scattered across the landscape and preventing people from exploring two thirds of this incredible place.

The benefits of a tunnel

We welcome the Government’s plan to invest in a two mile long tunnel, removing a large part of the existing surface A303 that damages the Stonehenge Landscape.

If designed and delivered with the utmost care, it will finally reunite this prehistoric landscape, protecting the special qualities of the World Heritage Site, reconnecting habitats and helping people to discover and enjoy more of the landscape.

The process

The proposed scheme has been through its ‘examination phase’ (part of the Development Consent Order or DCO process) and the ‘Examining Authority’ has made its recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport. The Secretary of State is due to made a decision on or before 13 November 2020.

Working with our partners

We continue to believe in the long-term benefits of the proposed road scheme for people, history and wildlife and we are working closely with our partners to help inform and challenge Highways England to deliver a scheme that protects the special qualities of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site and finally addresses the major harm the existing A303 does to this extraordinary place.

Latest updates

16 Jul 20

A second new deadline for the Transport Secretary's decision

On 16 July 2020 the Government announced another new deadline for the Secretary of State to decide on Highways England’s application for an order granting development consent. The new deadline is 13 November 2020. This is the second extension to the deadline. It was previously extended from 2 April 2020 to 17 July 2020, and has now been extended to 13 November 2020.

Read more about the announcement here.

Stonehenge and visitor

29 Apr 20

New deadline set for Transport Secretary to make a decision

On 29 April 2020, the Department for Transport made an announcement about a new deadline for the Secretary of State's decision on Highways England’s application for an order granting development consent. The new deadline is 17 July 2020.

Barrows in the mist

02 Apr 20

Deadline for Transport Secretary to make a decision

The statutory deadline for the Secretary of State for Transport to decide on Highways England’s application for an order granting development consent was publicised as 23:59 on 2 April 2020.

Two people walking in the Stonehenge Landscape