Press release

Plan your A303 journeys ahead of Summer Solstice event at Stonehenge

Highways England is advising motorists to plan their journeys along the A303 ahead of next week’s Summer Solstice event at Stonehenge.

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Crowds of up to 25,000 people are expected to visit Stonehenge on Monday, 20 June, and into the morning of Tuesday, 21 June, and with limited parking on site, Wiltshire Police are once again urging visitors to use public transport or car share.

For the first time this year, people will be charged to park in the field near the visitors’ centre and Highways England is warning drivers of the risk of potential delays in the event of queues forming from the A360 back to the A303.

Gareth Price, Highways England emergency planning officer for the south west, said:

Congestion can be expected on the westbound A303 during the Monday afternoon and evening as people travel to the event, and our aim is to keep the Highways England network running whilst keeping road users safe and informed.

To assist traffic flow, a 40mph speed limit will be in place on the A303 between the Countess roundabout and Longbarrow roundabout, with the lay-bys closed in between, the A303 dual carriageway between Countess roundabout and Stonehenge Cottages will be reduced to a single lane, and a temporary pedestrian crossing will be installed on the A303 outside Stonehenge Cottages to assist visitors walking to the event.

Mr Price added:

The traffic management will be in place for safety and to keep disruption to a minimum, and we advise all road users to check our traffic and travel information channels, set off early and allow plenty of time.

Highways England provides live traffic information via its website or from a phone or mobile device at m.highways.gov.uk.

Travel information is also available by phone from the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 and updates will be provided via Twitter.

And for more information on the Summer Solstice event go to English Heritage website.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 16 June 2016