Judicial Review success


20 Feb 2024

Judicial Review success

Yesterday we were pleased to welcome the positive legal judgement as the High Court upheld the Secretary of State for Transport’s decision to grant the Development Consent Order for the A303 Stonehenge scheme.

David Bullock, our A303 Stonehenge Project Director, said:

“We welcome the decision, it’s a huge step forward in tackling the long-standing issues of the A303 at Stonehenge and it represents years of working with our stakeholders, heritage bodies and local communities.”

The transformational and sensitive upgrade will reunite the World Heritage Site and by removing the A303 and building a new dual carriageway below ground, remove the sight and sound of traffic from the Stonehenge landscape.

The scheme will also tackle congestion on the notorious, traffic-clogged, nine-mile single carriageway section of the arterial A303 route, improving journey times, reliability and safety, unlocking economic growth for the wider South West and reducing the blight of rat running on local communities.

Our proposals were granted consent last year, following a lengthy redetermination process, and has now overcome a second legal challenge, with one environmental ground yet to be determined.

In the meantime, we’ll continue to prepare for archaeological fieldwork, civils and utilities work ahead of main construction.