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Rat-run traffic fears in Amesbury
CONCERNS have been raised that the recent closure of a road past Stonehenge is increasing the amount of traffic using Amesbury as a rat run.
The A344, between its junction with the A303 at Stonehenge Bottom and Byway 12, was closed on June 24 as part of a multi-million pound improvement project at the site.
The closure fulfilled the commitment given by the UK Government to UNESCO in 1986 to remove the road, allowing greater access to the World Heritage Site.
As part of the project Longbarrow Roundabout was changed to ease the traffic flows in the area.
But Amesbury mayor Ian Mitchell said the town has seen “far more traffic jams” this summer than in previous years.
He said: “The big concern we have is the sheer amount of traffic that uses the A303 and the increasing number of vehicles using the town as a rat run. “It’s the spill over of traffic into roads that aren’t really designed for them. It has been a perennial problem for at least 30 years and is spoiling the amenity of the town.
“Residents and traders are concerned - you’ve got traffic which isn’t really interested in the town using it as a way to get past the choke points on the A303 and it interferes with those wanting to get into town.”
Cllr Mitchell said cars are going through the town centre from London Road and coming out onto Stonehenge Road with others going up to Countess Roundabout through the Packway and up to Larkhill.
The issue was discussed at last week’s Amesbury Town Council meeting and will also be put onto the September 19 agenda for Amesbury Area Board.
“The functional problem is the A303 as it moves from a dual carriageway to a single carriageway and is punctuated by roundabouts,” cllr Mitchell added.
“If we start to see big HGVs using the road through the town centre, it will cause a lot of damage to the fabric of the town.”
The Highways Agency said in a statement that it was "implementing changes to the road network which are part of the English Heritage management plan for the World Heritage Site".
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