£1.7bn Stonehenge tunnel has been given the green light!

£1.7bn Stonehenge tunnel has been given the green light!

18 July 2023

The Department for Transport has approved plans for the vast A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down upgrade including a tunnel under the historic Stonehenge site.

Planning permission for this scheme was originally granted in 2020 but was squashed by the High Court in 2021 following a campaign by local residents. Nearly three years later, the plans were given the green light on Friday 14th July 2023.

The venture is being lined up by three main European contractors. Spanish contractor FCC, Italy’s WeBuild and Austria’s BeMo Tunnellling will embark on the eight-mile stretch of road upgrade.

The main works contract covers the construction of the proposed tunnel’s civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and technology components, including the tunnel boring machine, along with the approach roadworks and structure over the five-year construction period.