Atkins and Arup to draw-up Stonehenge tunnel plans

Grant Prior 7 years ago
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An Atkins/Arup joint venture has been appointed to develop a preferred option to improve the A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down in Wiltshire.

Construction work could start in 2020
Construction work could start in 2020

Work on the route will include a tunnel near Stonehenge and a bypass of the village of Winterbourne Stoke.

The Atkins/Arup package of work will have an estimated value of £17.5m to develop options to take to public consultation and ultimately a preferred route announcement.

The proposed scheme is on target for construction work to start by April 2020.

Project Manager, Andrew Alcorn, leading the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down scheme, said: “This award takes us another step closer to our commitment to deliver the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down Improvement Scheme.

“Now we have Atkins/Arup on board to help with developing options for the scheme and pre-construction planning, we will be able to take the next step towards making this scheme a reality.”

Tony Marshall, Global Highways Business Leader, Arup said: “By working collaboratively we can produce a transport solution that is sensitive to an area that is of immense cultural and environmental importance.”

Lesley Waud, Strategic Highways Market Director, Atkins added: “This is a much needed scheme that will play a pivotal role in relieving congestion and improving journey times.”

The contract has been awarded under Highways England’s Collaborative Delivery Framework.

Following the preferred route announcement Highways England will draw up a development consent order application, which will be examined in public by the Planning Inspectorate, before a final decision by the Transport Secretary.

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