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Stonehenge in the grip of two roads - Image credit Jim Mitchell, Heritage Action

Everyone has long been resigned to shrugging their shoulders over plans for improvements at Stonehenge after so many years of talk that ended up going nowhere, but…..

Today work to install a quieter surface on the main A303 near the stones is actually taking place! Remarkably, despite all the words that have been expended it will be the first significant, solid improvement to the visitor experience for decades. And it’s actually happening right now! Today Stonehenge is just a little bit less of  a “national disgrace”.

Also, Wiltshire Council has just made the Traffic Regulation Order for the section of the A344 between the new Visitor Centre and Byway 12. It means that (in conjunction with the Stopping Up Order on the section of the road next to the stones that has has recently been granted) the way is now clear for one of the most regrettable and criticised roads in the world to be finally closed to traffic.

As Loraine Knowles, Stonehenge Director at English Heritage, said:
Wiltshire Council’s decision means that the permissions and orders required to proceed with the Stonehenge project are now all in place and that construction can start in May 2012.

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