Government gives green light to A303 Stonehenge improvement
12 Nov 2020
The Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps has approved our Development Consent Order (DCO) application for the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down scheme.
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We’re really pleased that we’ve been given the go ahead to make the much-needed improvements to the A303 past Stonehenge a reality. It’s an important step in finally sorting out a road that doesn’t work for drivers, for people who live, work and holiday in Wiltshire and the south west.
Today’s announcement is a major milestone, not only for us, but also for the many local communities who have long campaigned for improvements, as well as our stakeholders who we’ve been working with for several years.
What happens next?
Our team will be busy getting ready ahead of main construction starting.
For those of you who live or travel through the area, you may have seen us over the last few months carrying out surveys and investigations ahead of the decision to help us prepare for construction.
We have also just appointed archaeological specialists - who will carry out excavations and work to record and preserve any archaeological finds - and a contractor responsible for other work that needs to be done before construction starts.
They have already started their planning for starting on-site in late spring of 2021, with work expected to last more than a year.
In early 2021 we’re planning to run public information events, where you’ll be able to find out more on what work is coming next and speak with members of the project team.