Logistics UK comments on A303 development consent

Thursday 12 November 2020

Logistics UK welcomes today’s government announcement approving the Development Consent Order (DCO) in relation to the A303 improvement scheme but urges developers to respect the site’s unique heritage. Chris Yarsley, Policy Manager for Road Infrastructure at Logistics UK comments:

“The approval of the plans – which Logistics UK has campaigned for over several years –  will enable crucial work to begin on a scheme that will reduce congestion and improve reliability and safety along this route that is so vital to residents, businesses and tourism. The current issues with the A303 have stalled economic and social growth in the region and we are excited to see how these sustainable and effective infrastructure improvements can address the problems experienced by those using the route.

“Throughout the construction process it will be vitally important to ensure the ancient heritage around the area, and specifically Stonehenge, continues to be respected and protected.  In the view of Logistics UK, the creation of a tunnel – which will remove the busy road from view of the monument – will do just that.”

Logistics UK (formerly FTA) is one of the UK’s leading business groups, representing logistics businesses which are vital to keeping the UK trading, and more than seven million people directly employed in the making, selling and moving of goods. With COVID-19, Brexit, new technology and other disruptive forces driving change in the way goods move across borders and through the supply chain, logistics has never been more important to UK plc. Logistics UK supports, shapes and stands up for safe and efficient logistics, and is the only business group which represents the whole industry, with members from the road, rail, sea and air industries, as well as the buyers of freight services such as retailers and manufacturers whose businesses depend on the efficient movement of goods.