Highways England has unveiled plans for the A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down scheme.
The public consultation will run until April and outlines the designs for the project which will ensure the sight and sound of the road are removed, restoring the tranquil environment.
Highways England has had to work hard to come up with a solution for this tunnel, part of a £1.6 billion investment to improve the A303.
One of five multi-million pound upgrades to boost the economy in the south west, the route for this tunnel has been chosen specifically to avoid monuments and any intrusion on the winter solstice views from Stonehenge, while reconnecting the World Heritage Site, which is split by the A303.
Jim O’Sullivan, Chief Executive of Highways England, explained why this tunnel and the other upgrades are important for the whole region.
“These upgrades in the south west will improve millions of journeys. Each of these milestones in the region is evidence of Highways England delivering major infrastructure upgrades for the whole country.”
Highways England expect consultations this year for the A358 Taunton to Southfields dualling scheme; A303 Sparkford to Ilchester; A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross; and A417 Missing Link scheme.
The consultation for the A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down will allow those interested to look at the plans, and visuals, enabling them to see how the new route will look, and air any concerns or questions they may have about the project.
Public consultation has been crucial for the wider A303 development; last year, the engagement with heritage groups, historians, and local communities led to a preferred route being chosen that closely follows the existing A303 through the World Heritage Site, minimising disruption.
The scheme will also make the area more accessible for businesses.
The A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down is part of the government’s wider Road Investment Strategy which has seen 18 major projects open since April 2015 and another 40 schemes are nearing key milestones in the first half of 2018.