Stonehenge latest: Have your say by registering on the Infrastructure Planning Inspectorate by the 11th January 2019

Highways England’s application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the A303 Stonehenge scheme has been accepted by the Infrastructure Planning Inspectorate. All 300+ of the application documents are up on the Inspectorate’s website (at which also explains the DCO Examination process. Click on a button on their Home page for email updates on the scheme’s progress.

The road widening project includes a short (c.3km) twin-bored tunnel south of the henge, to each side of which there would be new 4-lane highways, largely in deep cuttings and well within the World Heritage Site (WHS). A massive flyover is proposed […]

2019-02-25T21:15:46+00:0016 December, 2018|Tags: |0 Comments

Highways England’s A303 Stonehenge consultation 2018 response from RESCUE

Latest news: Highways England’s consultation on its preferred route is still open – until 23 April 2018.  Highways England plans to submit an application for a Design Consent Order for the project in late September 2018.

Rescue has responded to Highway’s England’s statutory consultation on proposed upgrades to the A303 at Stonehenge. Together with the Stonehenge Alliance, we encourage all our members to respond strongly to the consultation and oppose a short tunnel option. This can be done via the Stonehenge Alliance website either by using Highways England’s own […]

2018-12-13T18:44:39+00:007 April, 2018|Tags: , |1 Comment

Rescue says: Our World Heritage Sites need more protection!

The 41st Session of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee met in Krakow, 2– 12th July 2017. Deliberations included receipt of reports and making decisions on World Heritage Sites (WHSs) and the designation of new Sites.  For reports and decisions, including advice to States Party, see:

The newly-designated English Lake District, a National Park, is safeguarded under UK legislation unlike many of our WHSs.  The reports and decisions of the Committee concerning five of the 27 other WHSs in the British Isles are therefore deeply worrying.

2018-12-13T18:27:49+00:007 September, 2017|Tags: |0 Comments

National Trust Members’ Resolution on the A303 at Stonehenge

On the 21st October, the National Trust will be holding its AGM at STEAM: the Museum of the Great Western Railway in Swindon.

On the Agenda is a Members’ Resolution regarding the A303 at Stonehenge. The saga of what to do about the road system around what is arguably the UK’s premier archaeological site has been continuing for years. The latest proposals from Highways England involve widening the A303 across the site, the construction of a c.2.9km expressway tunnel, and the reinstatement of the line of the Stonehenge Avenue. The proposals are endorsed by […]

2018-12-13T18:27:47+00:007 September, 2017|Tags: |0 Comments

Stonehenge Alliance statement on UNESCO judgement on Stonehenge tunnel

On 6 July, in Krakow, UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee agreed that the benefits a 2.9km tunnel would bring to the centre of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site (WHS) cannot be offset against the damage it would cause to other parts of the WHS, and would have an impact on the Outstanding Universal Value of Stonehenge.

Rescue backs the Stonehenge Alliance’s calls for a considered approach at Stonehenge, for a scheme that reflects the unique character of the WHS. Click here for our previous response to Highways England’s consultation.

Full statement below.

2018-12-13T18:27:48+00:009 July, 2017|Tags: |0 Comments

Highways England’s consultation on the A303 at Stonehenge response from RESCUE

Latest news: Highways England’s consultation is now closed. There will be a preferred route announcement in summer 2017 and further consultation on that scheme in late 2017.

Update: 21 leading Stonehenge archaeologists and academics have responded to the consultation, emphasising the damage a short tunnel option would do. Read it here. Other responses, from key organizations, can be seen on the Stonehenge Alliance website here.

Rescue have responded to the recent consultation from Highway’s England on proposed upgrades to the A303 at Stonehenge. Together with Stonehenge Alliance (see their response and […]

2018-12-13T18:44:39+00:0025 February, 2017|Tags: , |0 Comments

Rescue react to short tunnel option at Stonehenge


Highways England has announced a 7-week consultation on widening the A303 with a single 2.9km (1.8mile) tunnel option for the World Heritage Sites (WHS).

The consultation documents can be seen here:, and include maps, videos and a questionnaire for public feedback.

An easy-to-use standard response letter can be accessed at We urge readers to make their views known before 5 March.

Rescue is a member organisation and strong supporter of the Stonehenge Alliance. The Stonehenge Alliance has been campaigning against the short tunnel scheme since it was announced by the Government […]

2018-12-13T18:44:40+00:0019 January, 2017|Tags: , |2 Comments

Election 2015: Rescue asks all political parties their views on heritage

Rescue have written to MPs and politicians across the spectrum on behalf of our members to gauge where each party stands on issues key to the future of heritage protection in Britain. Key issues, as we have continually highlighted include the protection of local heritage planning advisory services and Historic Environment Records, local and regional museums, the correct solution for Stonehenge and the future of English Heritage.

Rescue looks forward to hearing back from all parties and will be posting the replies up here as soon as we do.

2018-12-13T18:27:49+00:0022 January, 2015|Tags: |Comments Off on Election 2015: Rescue asks all political parties their views on heritage

Stonehenge Tunnel Surfaces Again: Rescue reacts

Update 13/12/2014: An article by Kate Fielden of The Stonehenge Alliance has appeared in The Ecologist, available here.

Update 24/10/2014: The Secretary of State has responsded to the Stonehenge Alliance. Read the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin’s response here.  The Stonehenge Alliance replied to Patrick McLoughlin’s letter on the 28th October; you can read their reply here.

Talks are being held between the Department for Transport (DFT), the Highways Agency, English Heritage, the National Trust, Local Authority representatives and others in the South West seeking to improve traffic flows on the A303 corridor with […]

2018-12-13T18:27:48+00:0019 October, 2014|Tags: |Comments Off on Stonehenge Tunnel Surfaces Again: Rescue reacts

Stonehenge Update Spring 2012

We were not surprised to learn, late in 2011, that Stopping-up Orders for the eastern end of the A344 (the road that divides Stonehenge from its current visitor facilities) and the B3086 (on the western boundary of the WHS) were approved by the Secretary of State.

This decision flies in the face of damage to the setting of the WHS on its western boundaries that would arise from the associated new visitor-centre and road improvement works. It is symptomatic of the lack of Government’s understanding of what the WHS is, that Roads Minister Mike Penning commented ‘This is an important contribution to improve […]

2018-12-13T18:27:48+00:001 April, 2012|Tags: |Comments Off on Stonehenge Update Spring 2012
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