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Renewed call for A303 dualling
4:17pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Headlines
A WILTSHIRE councillor has written to the Secretary of State for Transport with fresh proposals for the dualling of the A303.
Heavy congestion along the A303 and increased traffic through surrounding villages has prompted cllr Ian West to write to Patrick McLoughlin MP to “get something done as a matter of urgency”.
Cllr West wants to see the A303 dualled from the end of the dual carriageway in Amesbury “along the line of, or close to” the current A303 to Longbarrow roundabout, and then north of Winterbourne Stoke to link with the dual carriageway at Berwick Down.
“I strongly believe that the dualling of this stretch of road is now essential, and is achievable in a relatively short timeframe with political will,” said cllr West.
“It falls within the Government’s desire and remit to regenerate the economy.”
And he is calling for renewed talks with the National Trust, which owns the land.
“I believe some £43m has already been spent discussing the possible schemes over many years and it is now time for action to be taken.”
Cllr West points out in his letter that the stretch of A303 past Stonehenge is the first single track road on the A303 after leaving London. He says that advantages of his proposed scheme include reduction of serious accidents along the single carriageway road and the “restoration of the local villages as to how they should be”.
“It has no adverse affect on peoples’ homes and destroys the least amount of Wiltshire countryside,” he said. “It would provide a safe crossing for pedestrians walking from Amesbury to Stonehenge, which does not currently exist, as well as for horses and cyclists.”
Cllr West has invited Mr McLoughlin and John Glen MP to visit the area and see the problems firsthand.
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