Building Salisbury's infrastructure

In December 2014, after many years of campaigning by local residents, my predecessor Robert Key and I, the Coalition Government announced plans to dual the entire A303, including at Stonehenge. This also includes a bypass for Winterbourne Stoke.

This will finally address one of the country's worst traffic blight spots, and work is ongoing to identify the best solution, with £1.3 billion committed just for Stonehenge. This is the single biggest investment in our heritage ever committed by any Government, and will not only provide crucial road improvements for the south west, but will also remove it from the World Heritage Site. 

The Government's preferred option is to build a twin bore tunnel, at least 1.8 miles long. This must pass through a robust planning process and demonstrate value for money before construction begins: hopefully by April 2020. I will continue to support the scheme at every opportunity in Parliament.

Beyond the A303, Salisbury's transport infrastructure could benefit from further upgrades: I am a firm supporter of a new Wilton Parkway station to alleviate pressure on our roads, as well as further upgrades to improve speeds and services between London and Salisbury.