Chasing the dawn across England to mark the astrological start of summer on the solstice weekend.
A temporary traffic order has been placed on the A303 near Stonehenge following reports of traffic issues and near-misses. The order prevents vehicles stopping on the verge of the A303 between Parkhouse roundabout and ends at Winterbourne Stoke in both directions.
Barney Appleton, traffic management and road safety officer from the Wiltshire Police Road Safety Unit, said: “This temporary order has been put in place following a number of calls from members of the public since May 17 reporting concerns that several vehicles had stopped on the grass verge of the A303, with occupants walking along the carriageway principally to photograph Stonehenge."This was causing HGV’s and other vehicles to move into the middle of the carriageway. As well as this, we have also had reports of drivers continuing to push back temporary barriers to the entrances to nearby byways on the A303 so they can park there."
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Somerset’s police and local authorities are putting plans in place for a potential influx of visitors during next month's summer solstice celebrations.
Some 10,000 people typically gather at Stonehenge but the coronavirus pandemic has meant this year’s celebration has been cancelled – prompting fears people will head to Glastonbury Tor instead.
Mendip District Council says it is working with Avon and Somerset police to monitor groups arriving in the county ahead of the solstice period.
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Somerset residents will have to wait another two months to find out whether a key section of the A303 will finally be dualled.
Highways England has put forward plans to dual the section between the Podimore and Sparkford roundabouts, which were debated at length at a public inquiry in 2019.
The Department for Transport (DfT) was due to make a final decision on the scheme in December 2019 – but this was delayed first by the general election and then by the Court of Appeal’s ruling against a third runway at Heathrow Airport.
The government has now confirmed that decisions on both the Somerset scheme and large improvements to the A303 near Stonehenge will be taken in mid-July.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps MP confirmed this in a written statement published on the House of Commons website.
Mr Shapps confirmed a decision on proposals for dualling the A303 near Stonehenge (between Amesbury and Berwick Down) would also be published on July 17 (the original deadline having lapsed on April 2).
Highways England has said it is currently finalising the details of the scheme’s design, and could start construction of the Somerset section in early-2021 if the green light was given in July.
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While everyone is stuck in lockdown how about escaping the gloom with a nice 'Holiday from Home'?
The Great West Way has created a virtual trip on Twitter taking the viewer on a 500-mile tour between Bristol and London.
The journey stops off at key destinations and attractions along the way.
It promises "lots of immersive virtual experiences at Bristol's top attractions" as well as visits to the Roman Baths, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle.
There are also boat trips to relax on and gardens to enjoy from your armchair and if you fancy a bit more excitement you can try rally car racing.