This category contains the Highways England newsletter relating to work on the A303/A358 corridor



BHS Wiltshire is a member of the Local Community Forum providing input to Highways England on the Stonehenge A303 tunnel project. As the BHS County Access Officer (volunteer) I represent the interests of local horse riders. My name is Myra Bennett and I can be contacted on

This scheme represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect up previously disconnected off-road rights of way around and over the World Heritage Site. Horse riders from both the north and the south of the A303 tunnel stand to gain a very significantly improved hacking network, both in terms of round routes from communities and in connections to longer rides to the north and south of the A303.

TO ENSURE THIS HAPPENS, HORSE RIDERS NEED TO ADD THEIR VOICES TO THE CONSULTATION CURRENTLY BEING RUN BY HIGHWAYS ENGLAND: to say that they would make use of the new network of byways proposed by the consultation. Please respond that you as a horse rider would use them, either now or in the future or, if you don’t currently ride, that you support access for horse riders. The term ‘byway’ is used generically on the consultation; the user classes envisaged are pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders, except as below for Question 3.
The closing date is 8 April, and the consultation and response form can be found on:

Your support is particularly appreciated for the following proposals:

1 That all the proposed new off-road routes are for horse riders as well as cyclists/pedestrians, wide enough to allow safe use for all, ideally with a 3m grass verge for horse riders alongside any hard surface for other users.

2 BHS Wiltshire is responding to Question 2 and 3 to say that riders need direct west–east access between Winterbourne Stoke and the World Heritage site (WHS). Instead of the currently proposed pedestrian and cycle route out of Winterbourne Stoke on the north side of the road, we are proposing that this route includes equestrian access and is taken up the south side of the link road to Winterbourne Stoke (see page 25 of the consultation booklet, where it is shown on the north). We then propose an equestrian bridge over the realigned A360 (see page 15 of the consultation booklet) which would give access to all users to the WHS byway and to the old A360 byway.

3 BHS Wiltshire is responding to Question 4 to propose that the course of the old A360 and any necessary new route provision is designated a restricted byway open to horse riders leading both north over green bridge number 4 (see page 28 of the consultation booklet) as far as Rollestone Crossroads and south to Druids Farm, connecting up various existing rights of way open to horses.

4 BHS Wiltshire is responding to Question 7 to propose that the course of the old A360 is not stopped up (see page 41 of the consultation booklet) but forms the northern section of the proposed restricted byway (Question 4) past the Stonehenge visitor centre from Green Bridge number 4. This would allow riders from the south of the A303 safe direct access to all the hacking routes on Salisbury Plain and beyond. A suitable crossing over the road to Larkhill directly onto the bridleway to the north of this road is also proposed.

When you respond, please make the point that the legacy for local horse riders, particularly for child riders and disabled riders, is significant and would encourage those who would not currently ride out to do so. A vastly improved off-road network also represents a significant business opportunity for local stables and livery yards.

More BT-Related Work on the B3083

Eagle-eyed readers may have seen that the southern end of the B3083 is marked-up for mole ploughing, from 100 metres north of the A303 to about 500 metres north, by the little lay-by on the western side of the road.  BT are also planning to install a further telegraph pole near number 1 on the B3083 between today (10th July) and Wednesday (12th July).  There may be a little disruption of the traffic.

Works at Countess and Longbarrow Roundabouts – Monday 6 March to Friday 10 March

A303 White Lining and Yellow Box Improvement Works

Skanska, working on behalf of Highways England, will be carrying out works on the A303 to make vital improvements to the road markings from Monday 6 March – Friday 10 March. 

They are replacing life expired road markings and road studs on Longbarrow Roundabout and providing a yellow box on Countess Roundabout on the A303.

Due to the type of work taking place and to ensure the safety of both the public and our workforce, it will be necessary to fully close sections of the A303 to through traffic at times while we deliver the scheme. All of the works will be carried out on weeknights only, and full overnight closures will be in place during the hours of 20:00 – 06:00. The full closures are currently programmed in as follows:

  •  Full eastbound closure between Longbarrow Roundabout and Solstice Park – Monday 6 March and Tuesday 7 March
  • Full westbound closure between Solstice Park and Longbarrow Roundabout – Monday 6 March and Tuesday 7 March
  • Multiway signals and lane closures on approaches to Longbarrow and Solstice Park Roundabouts – Monday 6 March – Friday 10 March.

During these closures, a clearly signed diversion route will be in place. Access will be maintained for residents and emergency services, and where applicable, for local businesses.


If you have any queries or comments about the works and would like further information, please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or by email: