Atkins Arup JV to design Stonehenge tunnel
A joint venture of WS Atkins and Ove Arup has been appointed consulting engineer for the Highways England scheme to improve the A303 between Amesbury and Berwick Down in Wiltshire.
The scheme includes a tunnel near Stonehenge and a bypass of the village of Winterbourne Stoke.
In package of work with an estimated value of £17.5m, Atkins/Arup will develop options to take to public consultation and ultimately a preferred route announcement. Subject to statutory procedures, the proposed scheme is on target for construction work to start by April 2020.
Highways England project manager Andrew Alcorn said: “This award takes us another step closer to our commitment to deliver the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down improvement scheme. Now we have Atkins/Arup on board to help with developing options for the scheme and pre-construction planning, we will be able to take the next step towards making this scheme a reality.”
Atkins strategic highways market director Lesley Waud said: “This is a much needed scheme that will play a pivotal role in relieving congestion and improving journey times.”
Arup global highways business leader Tony Marshall added: “We are delighted to be a part of the team tasked with helping to relieve congestion and improving the setting of a world renowned heritage site. By working collaboratively we can produce a transport solution that is sensitive to an area that is of immense cultural and environmental importance.”
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This article was published on 15 Jan 2016 (last updated on 15 Jan 2016).