Claire Perry welcomed the government’s announcement of the preferred route for the £1.6bn upgrade to the A303 near Stonehenge as part of the ‘South West Expressway’. The plans include a 1.8 mile tunnel under the World Heritage site, a welcome bypass over the infamous traffic blackspot of Winterbourne Stoke, and a flyover for the Countess Roundabout which should relieve traffic trailing between Larkhill and Durrington to Amesbury and Salisbury.
Commenting on the announcement, Claire said:
“I am glad that, after so many years of discussion, progress has finally been made in the right direction to protect the World Heritage site at Stonehenge whilst ensuring that people are able to travel more easily to and from the South West. I know many people locally will be joining me in welcoming the much needed new flyover for Countess Roundabout, which will provide relief for my Constituents who regularly find themselves trapped in traffic there.
There will be a further year of consultation leading up to the start of the formal planning process, and I will be monitoring the situation carefully to ensure that progress continues to be made and Constituents’ views continue to be heard.”