Stonehenge 'traffic nightmare' campaign stepped up
- 5 October 2013
- From the section Wiltshire
People concerned with traffic congestion in villages near Stonehenge are stepping up a campaign for "urgent action" to be taken.
The A344 next to the monument was shut in June to "restore the dignity" of the stone circle as part of a £27m project.
Residents of villages including Shrewton and Orcheston say their lanes have become "rat runs" for drivers avoiding congestion on the A303.
Campaigners will collect signatures for a petition this weekend.
Janice Hassett, from the Shrewton Traffic Action Group (Stag), said: "The A344 should not have been closed before the A303 was dualled.
"The A303 at Stonehenge Bottom was bad before, but it's a nightmare now.
"Traffic is stupidly backing up to Thruxton on a holiday weekend.
"Sat-navs are sending people right through our villages. There's going to be an accident."
The petition is asking for "urgent action" to be taken to tackle high volumes of non-local traffic using the B3086 through Shrewton, a 20mph speed limit to be introduced and better signage to be installed.