A number of villagers have expressed concern about the height of embankments on both the northern and southern route options. Many have been told that this is to limit the slope of the road to 2% otherwise HGV’s struggle to go up and down them. Anyone who has ever used the A303 knows just how many steep dual and single carriageway sections there are, even in Wiltshire. To get this issue aired in public, I have just fired off a Freedom of Information Act request in addition to asking the A303 Stonehenge Scheme team asking for the following information:
Please could you provide me with the maximum gradients (maximum incline or decline – eg 4%) of the current A303 between the following points:
Beacon Hill summit to New Barn
WInterbourne Stoke Hill to Berwick Down
Yarnbury Castle to Deptford
Fonthill Bushes to Chicklade Bottom Farm
Eastern Entrance of Knoyle Down Farm (Chicklade) to the junction with the A350
All the points described are readily discernible on UK OS 1:25,000 maps of the area.
The information should be readily available as as some of it is being used in support of the A303/A30/A358 Corridor Enhancement.
Answers to this FOIA request are needed in support of contributions to the A303 Stonehenge Scheme PUblic Consultation which ends on 5 March 2017
If it is simpler and quicker, a datafile of gradients along the entirety of the A303 would be acceptable in MS Excel or CSV format.
It would be helpful, whichever route you prefer, if you were to visit the link below and express an interest in it, link to it on Facebook and Twitter and write to John Glen MP.