Wiltshire

Stonehenge parking expansion planned after transport issues

Stonehenge in Wiltshire Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption A record 1.3 million people have visited the prehistoric monument since the opening of the £27m visitor centre in December 2013

A planning application to provide more parking spaces and resurface the overflow car park at Stonehenge is to go before the local authority.

English Heritage said the work would create about 25 additional coach parking spaces and ensure high volumes of visitors can park in wet weather.

People had complained of inadequate transport facilities at the site when a new £27m visitor centre opened in 2014.

A shuttle bus scheme had proven unable to cope with the influx of visitors.

English Heritage said that over the course of the year it had looked at areas of the visitor experience that "need to be improved" and is now "taking steps to address them".

Transport 'disaster'

Wiltshire Council's Ian West said the transport situation at the site has been a "disaster", and called for an independent audit to be carried out.

He said: "You need to have somebody come in and assess what is happening. It's no good trying to build your way out of problems, and this is what English Heritage is trying to do."

English Heritage said: "We've applied for planning permission to resurface the existing overflow car park so it can be used in all weather conditions and also for permission to provide extra spaces in the coach park.

"We await feedback from the council and we will keep everyone updated throughout."

A record 1.3 million people have visited the prehistoric monument since the opening of the £27m visitor centre in December 2013.

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