Highways England has unveiled preferred route for the £1.6bn A303 upgrade project near Stonehenge that will facilitate easy road journey between Cornwall and London.
The new route forms key part of the ‘South West expressway’, which will connect the M3 in the south-east and the M5 in the south-west.
The preferred route includes eight miles of dual carriageway, a 1.8-mile long tunnel below the World Heritage site,a new bypass to the north of the village of Winterbourne Stoke and junctions with the A345 and A360 either side of the World Heritage site.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “This government is taking the big decisions for Britain’s future and this major investment in the south-west will provide a huge boost for the region.
“Quicker journey times, reduced congestion and cleaner air will benefit people locally and unlock growth in the tourism industry.
“The scheme will also support 120,000 extra jobs and 100,000 new homes across the region, helping us build a country that works for everyone.”
Highways England CEO Jim O’Sullivan said: “Highways England is committed to delivering a high quality, modern road on this vital route between the south-west and the rest of the country.
“The A303 and the World Heritage site has suffered from congestion for many years. This scheme will enhance, protect and restore tranquillity to one of the UK’s most iconic landscapes.”