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  1. English Heritage recently received planning permission for several changes to the visitor centre and transportation arrangements at Stonehenge. These changes involve creating a new dedicated coach collection point and reception (toilet) block plus a new enlarged turning circle at the stones to accommodate more shuttle buses at once. Work on the changes is due to begin soon with some elements ready for summer 2017. Please see below link for more details;

    http://www.travelgbi.com/articles/59254/green-light-given-for-stonehenge-developments

    English Heritage has been given the go ahead for major improvements at Stonehenge, with a view to improve the attraction for tour operators, General Tour Operators (GTOs) and their groups arriving by coach. The work will build on the success of the temporary expansion of the coach park, which has been in place for a year, and aim to better accommodate the 1.3m people who visit the site annually – 60% of whom arrive by coach. A newly-designed permanent coach park will provide a more efficient welcome for groups, ease parking congestion and minimise queues with dedicated ticketing. Key changes for tour operators and GTOs include: the creation of a newly-designed coach park accommodating 53 60-seater coaches; a new group reception building with more WC facilities; an internal ticket and audio guide collection area with more till points; and a new visitor transit shuttle pick-up point exclusively for groups will be located next to the group reception building. Stonehenge’s general manager Kate Davies said: “We are delighted that Wiltshire Council has approved our plans. “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 site, which will benefit all visitors.” Improvement works will be phased to minimise the impact on visitors, and English Heritage expects that some of the improvements should already be in place ahead of summer 2017.