Stonehenge A303 Road Improvement Scheme

Looking towards Stonehenge from King Barrows Ridge

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

We own, manage and provide access to 800 hectares (2,000 acres) of the World Heritage Site (WHS) and we take our responsibility to care for it very seriously.

The A303 cuts through the very heart of the WHS, harming the setting of many of the 350 burial mounds and monuments scattered across this landscape and preventing access to the southern two-thirds of the site.

The benefits of a tunnel

We welcome the Government’s plans to invest in a fully bored tunnel of at least 2.9km (1.8miles) to remove a large part of the existing A303 from the Stonehenge Landscape.

We believe that, if well-designed and delivered with the utmost care for the surrounding archaeology and chalk grassland landscape, it can provide an overall benefit to the WHS.

It can reunite the landscape and provide improvements to the setting of Stonehenge, improving tranquillity, allowing better access for people to explore and understand the many monuments in the landscape and leaving a lasting legacy. It could also benefit the wildlife in this special landscape and improve access to areas currently difficult to access due to the existing road.  

Working with our partners

We are working closely with Historic England and English Heritage Trust to help inform and challenge Highways England to deliver a final design that protects and enhances the World Heritage Site.

We will continue to work with Government and other key parties, including UNESCO and ICOMOS to find a solution that both protects and enhances the World Heritage Site and finally addresses the major adverse impacts the existing A303 has on this extraordinary place.

Latest posts

12 Sep 17

Our response to the preferred route announcement

Together with Historic England and English Heritage, we welcome the announcement of the preferred route. We believe, if designed and located with the utmost care, it can deliver a lasting legacy for the World Heritage Site.

More on our response

Stonehenge landscape

07 Mar 17

Full response to Highways England consultation

Our response to the public consultation on Highways England's plans for the Amesbury to Berwick Down section of the A303 - including the Stonehenge Tunnel.

More on our position on the A303

Stonehenge landscape

08 Feb 17

Our position on the route options put to consultation

We have produced a response to Highways England's route options, announced as part of the consultation for the A303 road improvement scheme in the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. The position was drafted with our partners at Historic England and English Heritage.

More on our position on the A303

Visitors walking in Stonehenge Landscape