Stonehenge road closed permanently today

24 06 2013
A stretch of road running next to Stonehenge will close permanently from today. Part of the A344 in Wiltshire almost touches the heel stone. English Heritage which manages the monument says the road spoils the visitor experience.

A major landscaping project should be finished by next summer, and traffic will be diverted onto nearby roads instead.

Existing A344 and junction with A303 at Stonehenge Bottom

Existing A344 and junction with A303 at Stonehenge Bottom

Link: http://www.itv.com/news/west/update/2013-06-24/stonehenge-road-closed-permanently/

TRAFFIC NEWS:
A344 Stonehenge, both ways between B3086 and A303

A344 Wiltshire – A344 in Stonehenge closed in both directions between Airmans Cross and Stonehenge Fork, because of development of the Stonehenge site – permanent closure. Diversion in operation – via A360 Longbarrow roundabout.

Main Changes at Stonehenge

  • The A344/A303 junction will be closed
  • The A344 from Stonehenge Bottom to Byway 12 near the stones will be closed
  • Vehicular traffic on the A344 between Byway 12 and the new visitor centre at Airman’s Corner will be restricted

Modifications to Existing Routes   

Alongside these changes there will be measures to mitigate the impact of the closure of the A344. Traffic removed from the 344 will be directed along the A360 via Longbarrow Roundabout and Airman’s Corner junctions, both of which will be modified to accommodate the re-directed traffic.

The A303/A344 junction is a renowned accident black-spot; its closure will reduce the risk of accidents in this location and was strongly supported by local residents in the public consultation of 2008.

Link: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/stonehenge/our-plans/our-proposals/transportation-and-safety/

Merlin @ Stonehenge
The Stonehenge News Blog





Stonehenge roadworks – A303? – Jan 17th for 14 weeks

17 01 2011

Major roadworks will be taking place on the A303 at Countess Roundabout – starting on Monday 17th January – lasting for 14 weeks, which will result in diversions when visiting Stonehenge. As a result of these roadworks in the immediate area around Stonehenge there will be closures, diversions and some contra flow systems that will affect both carriageways.

Dates: From Monday 17th January the A344 will be closed from its junction of the A303 at Stonehenge bottom to the entrance/exit to Stonehenge. This closure is likely to be in place for up to 14 weeks.
We have been assured that all works are to be completed and that the A344 road closure will be lifted before the Easter weekend.

Click here for ‘zoomable’ OS map showing ‘airmens corner’ etc

Access to Stonehenge:
Arriving:
 Visitors coming to Stonehenge will need to access the site from Airman’s Cross; then driving down the A344 to Stonehenge.

Leaving: When leaving Stonehenge vehicles will have to turn right out of the car park and proceed back down to Airman’s Cross, before rejoining the A303 at Long Barrow. Countess Roundabout;

Details of work to be undertaken

 * Traffic signal installation on all four approaches to the roundabout.
* Widening and resurfacing the A303 approaches to, and around, the roundabout.
* Permanent 40 mph speed limit applied on A303 approaches.
* Safety barrier, road signs and road markings replaced.
* Extension of subway under A303 westbound approach, to accommodate carriageway widening works.
* Renewal of lighting columns, lanterns and installation of associated cables.
View Larger Map

http://www.highways.gov.uk/news/pressrelease.aspx?pressreleaseid=417317
http://heritageaction.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/stonehenge-countess-roundabout-closure/

Merlin @ Stonehenge (stuck in traffic?)
The Stonehenge Website








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