Visitors walking in Stonehenge Landscape with lorry in the background
A view of Stonehenge from West Amesbury. © National Trust.
A view of Stonehenge from West Amesbury. © National Trust.

Stonehenge A303 Tunnel Scheme

Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said:

“After years of uncertainty, we are very pleased that the Court has upheld the Secretary of State’s decision, bringing us all one step closer to realising the ambitions of the A303 Stonehenge Improvement Scheme.

With over 50 possible schemes explored over the course of 30 years, we firmly believe that putting much of the busy, noisy and intrusive A303 road into a tunnel past Stonehenge is right for the World Heritage Site.

This is a once in a generation opportunity to restore this internationally important landscape, which has been of great importance to people for over 5,000 years. I’m proud of the part we’ve played to date, advising National Highways to help secure a scheme that will reunite the currently severed landscape, enabling us all to enjoy and understand it better.

We will continue to ensure that the plans to mitigate and monitor the impact of the scheme will be of the highest standards – this has always been key for us.

We want the best for this remarkable prehistoric landscape, and we will continue to advise National Highways on how to achieve this, for all of us here today and the many generations to come.”