A SECTION of the A360 is going to be closed for four months later this year. 

National Highways has announced its commencement of the legal process to obtain a temporary traffic regulation order (TTRO) to close a five-mile section of the A360 to provide an electricity supply to the Stonehenge tunnel project.

The work is due to be performed by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) on behalf of National Highways.

It is not the first time that works of this kind have been announced in relation to the A303 scheme. 

Salisbury Journal: Long Barrow facing west

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) previously announced similar works in June 2021 - with a four-month closure to install high voltage and fibre optic cabling along the route. 

In a letter sent to Wiltshire councillors and people living in nearby areas on Friday, February 9, National Highways said: “To allow the work to be done as safely and quickly as possible, a section of the A360 to the south of the A303, between Longbarrow roundabout and The Avenue roundabout, will be closed temporarily. We anticipate that work on the A360 will begin in April and finish in July.”

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A judgement is currently being awaited from the High Court over the fate of the controversial two-mile Stonehenge tunnel following a challenge by the Save Stonehenge World Heritage Site (SSWHS). A previous, similar scheme was quashed by the High Court in July 2021.

Television historian Dan Snow said upon the High Court hearing in December: “They’ve got to come up with something better. Simply cutting right through one of the most important archaeological sites on planet earth shows little respect for humanity or our heritage.

“There are plenty of other solutions that could reduce traffic past Stonehenge.”