Redetermination: process grinds on

The cutting at the western end of the World Heritage Site will be deeper than the tallest stone at Stonehenge which stands at 6.5m tall. The area will be equivalent to eight football pitches. Image source: National Highways

The road scheme has been REJECTED  by UNESCO, REJECTED by 5 Planning Inspectors, consent was QUASHED by the High Court.  Yet, the same continues to be redetermined – unchanged!  The Department for Transport has queried specific matters arising from responses including ours.  And another round of consultation.  Read our update and position on each aspect HERE


Case against A303 Stonehenge scheme strengthens

“There is only one sane outcome to this process and that is for Grant Shapps to refuse permission for this highly damaging road scheme,” said Alliance President, Tom Holland

Following the quashing of the A303 Stonehenge road scheme Grant Shapps’ is redetermining the project and invited people’s views on National Highways’ submissions justifying the same scheme.   Around 1,200 responses were published on the Planning Inspectorate’s website. In its response the Stonehenge Alliance highlighted that the economic case for the tunnel, already in the red, is now far worse with rising construction costs and a heritage valuation survey that is no longer valid.  Our press release can be read HERE.


Stonehenge at risk of being placed on World Heritage in Danger list

The inescapable facts of the situation have led UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee today (22 July 2021) to confirm that if the outcome of Save Stonehenge WHS’s legal challenge allows the A303 Stonehenge scheme to proceed and the scheme is not modified, consideration will be given to placing Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites on the List of World Heritage in Danger next year.  The World Heritage Committee agreed the draft decision unchanged as per the published extract from the World Heritage Committee agenda below.  READ ALL


Alliance asks PM to abandon scheme

In an open letter the Stonehenge Alliance has called on Prime Minister Johnson to abandon the damaging Stonehenge road scheme and consider an approach in keeping with the demands of environmental commitments. This followed the Government’s decision not to appeal against the High Court judgment quashing development consent for the scheme.  OPEN LETTER WITH REPLY FROM DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT HERE 


LETTERS making similar points to PM above have been sent to the Secretaries of State for Transport and Culture, their ministerial teams, select committees as well as scheme supporters: Historic England, English Heritage and the National Trust.


High Court Judgment AGAINST A303 Stonehenge scheme!

“We could not be more pleased about the outcome of the legal challenge. The Stonehenge Alliance has campaigned from the start for a longer tunnel if a tunnel should be considered necessary. Ideally, such a tunnel would begin and end outside the WHS. But now that we are facing a climate emergency, it is all the more important that this ruling should be a wake-up call for the Government. It should look again at its roads programme and take action to reduce road traffic and eliminate any need to build new and wider roads that threaten the environment as well as our cultural heritage,” said John Adams, OBE, SSWHS Director and Acting Chairman of the Stonehenge Alliance, 30 July 2021.

PRESS RELEASE | SUMMARY | FULL JUDGMENT  


A303 Stonehenge Examiners recommended refusal. Why?

Since the decision by Transport Secretary to drive a chasm through Stonehenge World Heritage Site we have faced a flood of communications via various platforms expressing grief, shock and bafflement not least because the independent Examining Authority recommended it be refused permission saying that the effects on the WHS and historic environment would be ‘significantly adverse’  and ‘irreversible’.  READ MORE


The Stonehenge Expressway: an eloquent emblem of a failed transport policy

The overflowing new visitor centre car park dominates the World Heritage Site.

Response to consultation by Professor Tim Marshall: Nothing has changed since 2017 other than greater awareness of the urgency to reduce carbon emissions, and the damage caused to our heritage and environment, by providing for increasing numbers of car journeys leading the vicious circle of more congestion. READ BLOG BY GUEST AUTHOR


Campaign videos

Selection of videos by those who object to Stonehenge road plans, or videos giving voice to objectors as well as informative videos about the scheme.  Some videos were first published on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram… CONTINUE READING


Demo at British Museum

Stonehenge Alliance campaigners brought a message to British Museum visitors on 14 July, the last week of The World of Stonehenge exhibition.  The exhibition was 100 per cent silent about threats to the future of Stonehenge WHS from road building.  So we displayed this message: “Stonehenge is our link to the past. Don’t ruin its future.”  Read our campaign update HERE

If you would like to be notified about actions and events please email: savestonehenge (at) gmail.com


Take action to stop the road

The next Government administration needs to avoid international condemnation and save Stonehenge World Heritage Site from a devastating road and tunnel.

We need to persuade who ever is the next Transport Secretary to reject the A303 Stonehenge road scheme.  TAKE ACTION HERE!

… and spread the word

We have updated our leaflet with the above key messages.  Read it and share it.  You can print or order copies for friends, events, stalls and noticeboards from us HERE.


Map & images of A303 Stonehenge scheme

You can view map, images and visuals of the scheme HERE.


What is planned? Part 1: Components of scheme

Part One: What is planned? is the first of a series of summaries about the components of the Stonehenge A303 road widening scheme presented here as a slide show and video.    SCROLL THROUGH SLIDES OR VIEW VIDEO HERE


What Is Planned? Part 2: Stonehenge Tunnel

Continuing our slide presentation “WHAT IS PLANNED? Part Two” is a summary description of the construction of the tunnel, spoil and what happens to the spoil based on information presented to the Examination.  SCROLL THROUGH SLIDES OR VIEW VIDEO HERE  


Professor Mike Parker Pearson’s presentation (archaeology video)

Link to summary, transcript with slides, and video (19:09 minutes) here.


Professor Phil Goodwin’s presentation (transport video)

Link to transcript with slides, and video (18:26 minutes) here.

Saving Stonehenge WHS: Webinar in full

A webinar with Mike Parker Pearson, Professor of British Later Prehistory at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, and Phil Goodwin, Professor Emeritus and Senior Fellow of Transport Policy at UCL and the University of the West of England,  explaining why Britain’s most iconic World Heritage Site should be saved from irreparable damage from the catastrophic A303 Stonehenge road widening scheme. Chaired by Tom Holland, Stonehenge Alliance President and award-winning historian, author and broadcaster. WATCH WEBINAR IN FULL HERE 


 “What is wrong with the tunnel?” And other FAQs.

Wouldn’t a tunnel be a great improvement for visitors?  Why can’t Highways England widen the existing road?  What are the alternatives to a 3km tunnel?  Why do you not have a petition on the UK Parliament site? What were the results of the consultations?  YOUR TOP FAQs ANSWERED!


The Stonehenge saga and timelines

No one has disputed the case for a relief road for the village of Winterbourne Stoke that straddles the A303 immediately east of the  World Heritage Site and its setting.  What have been strongly resisted for over 40 years have been the threats by proposed major developments and road building through the Stonehenge landscape.   SAGA & CAMPAIGN TIMELINE

A303 STONEHENGE LIBRARY You can access a library of documents, useful references and the TIMELINE FOR THE DCO PROCESS HERE