WSP, the engineering professional services consultancy, deployed colleagues from nine different specialist fields to support Highways England’s successful Development Consent Order application for the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down project, which has been approved today.
Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, gave his consent for the dual carriageway and tunnel scheme underneath Stonehenge, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, to proceed on Thursday 12 November.
The project is set to increase connectivity between South-East and South-West England, unlocking economic development in the region, reduce congestion and enhance biodiversity.
The project will remove traffic from the surrounds of Stonehenge by developing a new dual, two-lane carriageway to the west which routes vehicles through a tunnel ahead of the site, reinstating a rural landscape, boosting wildlife where the existing A303 runs and reducing the impact on local communities like Winterbourne Stoke.
WSP provided a 150-person team drawn from across the UK to deliver a multidisciplinary range of services for the project since 2017.
The team produced the preliminary design for the scheme, environmental statement, consultation report and other key documents for the application, as well as providing expert witnesses and technical support during the Examination in Public.
The team continues to support Highways England through the next stages of procurement, preliminary works and into construction.
Andy Porter, Project Manager and Technical Director, Civil, Bridge and Ground at WSP, said: “Today’s decision represents a successful collaboration that WSP is proud to be part of, and we are delighted that this major milestone for such a unique project has been achieved. We very much look forward to our continued role supporting Highways England as this project progresses into the next phase.”
Amy Hallam, Technical Director, Planning Consultancy at WSP, said: “WSP is proud to have supported Highways England in preparing the DCO application, supporting consultation and the examination process. At a time when changes to the planning system are under consideration, we must acknowledge these positive outcomes. The right balance has been struck with significant long-term benefits for the South West, the World Heritage Site, local communities and the environment.”
Dan Williams, UK PR Manager, WSP
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