Monday, 15 August 2016

Green light for Stonehenge improvements

ENGLISH HERITAGE has been given the go-ahead for improvements at #Stonehenge, Wiltshire, which will bring benefits for tour operators and tour groups arriving by coach. 

The improvements refine and build on the successes of the temporary expansion of the coach park, which has been in place for a year, and will provide a longer term solution to better accommodate the 1.3 million from across the globe who visit the World Heritage site annually, 60% of whom arrive by coach.

Improvements centre on a new coach park which will provide a more efficient welcome for groups, ease parking congestion, and minimize queues with dedicated ticketing, toilet, and shuttle facilities.

Kate Davies, Stonehenge’s general manager says: ‘We are delighted that Wiltshire Council has approved our plans, which are aimed at providing a sustainable permanent solution to give a world class experience for all our visitors, while retaining the integrity of this amazing ancient monument.

‘Once in place, the improvements will allow us to give a better service to operators, tour guides, and group members and to ease the pressure points on the site, which will benefit all visitors. We have no plans to increase visitor numbers to Stonehenge, but rather to get the right balance by meeting the existing demand from visitors around the world in a more efficient and safe way so that they enjoy their time at this World Heritage site to the full.’

Improvement works will be phased to minimize the impact on visitors. English Heritage expects that some of the improvements should be in place ahead of summer 2017.

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