The legal challenge against the decision to grant consent for the UK’s A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down scheme past Stonehenge has been upheld by the High Court judge, effectively quashing the 3.2km long Stonehenge Tunnel Project.
The judge upheld two of the ten grounds submitted in the legal challenge and consequently the Development Consent Order which was granted by the Secretary of State for Transport for the A303 Stonehenge scheme has been withdrawn.
“We now have to wait while the Department for Transport considers its options,” said a statement from Highways England.
“This is a setback, but we remain confident our project is the best solution to the ongoing issues along the A303 past Stonehenge and was developed after a long and extensive collaboration with our key stakeholders.
“We are hugely disappointed by the decision, and we know this will also dismay many people in the local community who have waited decades for a solution and all those who use the road to travel to work or on holiday in the southwest.”