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Shrewton Traffic Action GroupRead the petition
The Stonehenge Traffic Action Group was set up because of the increase in traffic through our village, and the surrounding villages of Bulford and Larkhill since the closure of the A344, especially at weekends and school holidays.
The closure of the A344 at Stonehenge Bottom has had the effect of west bound traffic, backing up to Thruxton on some weekends, sending “sat navers” off the A303 and onto our back roads.
Some pictures of the chaos have been taken. More can be seen HERE.
It’s worth noting that the weight limit in our village is 2 Tons….Do you know the weight of your vehicle when fully loaded? SUVs, MPVs large 4 x 4s and a large number of LGVs exceed this limit. For example an average Range Rover weighs 2.5 Tons!
Councillor Ian West and a number of like minded people have worked tirelessly to draw attention to the worsening traffic situation in our area, however, Wiltshire County Council, The Highways Agency and English Heritage are not listening and to date everything has fallen on deaf ears.
Our priority is to support Cllr. West in his efforts to get the A303 dualled from the end of the present dual carriageway at West Amesbury along the line of or close to the present A303 to Longbarrow roundabout and then north of the village of Winterbourne Stoke to link up with the existing dual carriageway at Berwick Down. Ian’s letter published in the Western Daily Press on 13 addressed to Rt. Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP Secretary of State for Transport.
If we all just sit on our hands, nothing will be done before someone is killed!!
The letter was also forwarded to the Highways Agency…..in Bristol – why Bristol?….what do they know about us?? The Highways Agency responded (Click here to view the letter) to say that their re-structuring of the Long Barrow roundabout has improved traffic flow on the A303. WHAT?!
In the words of one resident: “The fault lies with those who authorised the permanent closure of the A344. They were either ignorant of the consequences of the closure or more likely, have their heads in the sand for the benefit of others…..Will they attend the funeral when it inevitably occurs?” There is also comment about the new design of Longbarrow roundabout – not much of which is positive. We’re told by Wiltshire County Council that “it’s new” and people take some time to get used to anything new” !!! No! It’s a design fault!
As at 21.11.13, we’ve had confirmation that the Highways Agency will now be upgrading the signage at Long Barrow roundabout – does this mean they know they got it wrong? No! The authority was given by the now new Under Secretary of State for Transport: Mr Robert Goodwill MP following many complaints from users of the new layout and the fact that drivers use all three lanes to get into the single carriageways heading east or west.
STAG SAYS TO THE HIGHWAYS AGENCY:
Face the consequences of NOT dualling the A303:
1) A drop in visitor numbers to Stonehenge….which will include coach companies who do not have the time to wait in that queue. See staga303.blogspot.com – post: A344 R.I.P
2) Business and tourism to the West Country and beyond WILL SUFFER!
3) Forget the Tunnel it’s too expensive….Blog: staga303.blogspot.com – Post: Tunnel Vision.
I hear yet another feasibility study is to be conducted….This has already been done at a cost of £43m of tax payers money, over 20 years with nothing done…..Blog: staga303.blogspot.com – Post: Meetings b—– Meetings
The Stag petition will be the voice of the people allowing them involvement in letting “The Pundits” know that we mean business when we say we want safer roads. Our signing week end…..5th and 6th October had enormous response. STAG wishes to thank everyone who took the trouble to come out and give us their support. We had media support from Wiltshire Radio, Salisbury Journal and BBC South Today….so that’s a result! See photos: Blog: staga303.blogspot.com – Post: A303 dual now please.
The on-line STAG Petition is gathering pace and along with local, we have signees from, around Great Britain and even department 29 France!!!!
With foot fall signs added to on-line, we have over 1240 signatures in just 12 weeks! So once again, thank you to everyone for your support. But it doesn’t stop there…if anything we’re stepping up a gear to open the whole thing up to the wider area…in fact…..and…..we’ve had to change the STAG name: from “Shrewton Traffic Action Group” to “Stonehenge Traffic Action Group”. This now includes all the villages in the surrounding area and that‘s how it has evolved in a short space of time!!
English Heritage asked to see a member of STAG and the meeting was fixed for 11th October, thinking it would be for them to find out more about STAG. Not a bit of it, they were only worried that we locals might rain on their parade on 18th December, when the new Visitor’s Centre opens!! Blog: staga303.blogspot.com – Post: Stonehenge visitor’s cafe.
A further meeting has taken place and two local business men are now involved in taking STAG more global check out: bypasswinterbournestoke.blogspot.com ….This means the pressure has eased on me….and STAG will have it’s own web page very soon with a petition which will link with that already achieved!
The new slogan……HS2 unproven JAM TOMORROW –
SH2 (Stonehenge dual) get rid of the jam today!
Blogspot: staga303.blogspot.com – Post: What We Want……
STAG proposes that the signed petition, along with the results of the on-line petition, should be passed to the following for action to be taken:
Mr Robert Goodwill MP – Under Secretary for Transport – Roads
Rt.Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP – Secretary of state for Transport
Mr John Glen – MP for Salisbury
Cllr Ian West – Wiltshire Councillor Till Valley Division (for information)