The UK government has given the green light to EUR2.27 billion plans for the upgrading of the A303 between the M3 and M5 motorways, and 11.26 km stretch of new dual carriageway with a 2.9 km tunnel under the Stonehenge site. It will start work in 2020 and complete the new South West Expressway by 2029. The preferred route will be announced later in 2017.
Ambitious plans to transform the UK’s often congested A303 as part of a £2bn investment in the country’s south-west, which will see the construction of a major 2.9km long tunnel at the historic Stonehenge site.
Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling said, “This government is taking the big decisions for Britain’s future, underlined by our record £15 billion funding for road schemes.”
The single carriageway section of the A303 currently runs alongside the stones and the proposed option is to construct a 2.9km long dual carriageway tunnel to improve journey times, remove the sight and sound of traffic and enhance the world heritage site.
Highways England Chief Executive Jim O’ Sullivan said, “We are delivering the biggest investment program in our roads in a generation.”
The plans for the A303 recognize the national importance of the route and these improvements will bring real benefit to the region and local communities.
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