The next phase of investigation work for Highways England’s proposed A303 upgrade past Stonehenge will focus on Countess roundabout at Amesbury from Monday 14 September. Local residents and drivers may need to allow extra time for their journeys during weekdays as lane closures will be in place.
These are needed to ensure the safety of the workforce carrying the ground investigation surveys on behalf of Highways England. Work includes drilling boreholes, and digging trial pits. The lane closures will avoid the busy weekend periods, coming into place at 10am on Mondays and removed by 6am on Fridays. The work is planned to finish on Friday 9 October.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause for local residents, businesses and the travelling public, and we would like to thank people for their patience. We plan to undertake a full programme of communication to ensure people are aware of surveys and lane closures.
The works are part of an ongoing programme to comprehensively understand ground conditions along the route of the proposed scheme. This further work is important to ensure information is up to date, which can be shared with companies bidding to build the scheme, should it get the green light from government in November.
Over the summer, we have been carrying out ecology surveys along the proposed route of the scheme – from counting butterflies, monitoring ground water levels and measuring the activity of wildlife including bats, otters and water voles. These will continue into the autumn.
We would be very grateful if you could assist by forwarding this information where appropriate.
In a separate piece of work, we will be carrying out essential maintenance work on Avon bridge just to the east of Countess roundabout in the autumn. Work is due to begin in mid-October and will involve some lane closures. More information on this work will be available shortly.
General information about the scheme is available on our website: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/a303-stonehenge-home/