An Atkins Arup joint venture has won a £17.5M contract to develop options to reroute the A303 at Stonehenge in Wiltshire.
The government has said it will build a tunnel near Stonehenge and a bypass for the village of Winterbourne Stoke. Highways England has awarded the contract to develop options for the route, come to a decision on a preferred route and take the plan to public consultation.
Highways England project manager Andrew Alcorn 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.”
Arup global highways business leader Tony Marshall said: “We are delighted to be a part of the team tasked with helping to relieve congestion and improving the setting of a world renowned heritage site. By working collaboratively we can produce a transport solution that is sensitive to an area that is of immense cultural and environmental importance.”
Atkins strategic highways market director Lesley Waud added: “This is a much needed scheme that will play a pivotal role in relieving congestion and improving journey times. We are delighted to work in partnership with Arup in delivering this vital project that will not only generate major benefits to better meet the needs of the travelling public, but will also support local economic growth in the long term.”