UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has granted development consent for £1.7bn A303 Stonehenge road tunnel project.
The project will include the construction of an eight-mile dual carriageway, which will ease congestion on the A303 road between Amesbury and Berwick Down.
It will feature a tunnel, which measures at least two miles in length, below the World Heritage Site. The project will include a new bypass to the north of the village of Winterbourne Stoke and junctions with the A345 and A360 either side of the World Heritage Site.
Highways England, which is responsible for Britain’s major A roads and motorways, is now moving forward with the procurement process for the main works contract for the A303 Stonehenge project.
The preferred bidder for the project is anticipated to be announced in 2021.