Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter – March 2016

Salisbury Plain Training Area Newsletter March 2016

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The first two weeks of the month will see Headquarters 3rd (UK) Division mounting a deployment exercise for the Lead Armoured Task Force. Part of this training will involve the assembly (1-3 March) and dispersal (9 – 11 March) of the Task Force in the Old Carter Barracks area of Bulford during which the Old Carter Drove Road will be closed to the public. During the deployment a simulated road move by some 800 plus armoured and wheeled vehicle will take place on 6 and 7 March across Salisbury Plain military transit routes in the East and Centre of the Plain. Convoys will be dispatched at regular intervals and disruption to civilian traffic at A and C tank crossings on the A345, CC and DD tank crossings on the A338, GG tank crossing on the A3076, and BB and A2 tank crossings on the A342 is likely throughout both days and the night of 6 March. Drivers are advised to exercise extra caution when approaching tank crossing in the area where mud clearance parties will be working.

Throughout the month there will be heavy use of all parts of the Plain as armoured, armoured recconnaissance and armoured infantry sub-units train ready for deployment for training in Canada later in the year. The Land Warfare School major armoured exercises COMBAT TEAM and TEAM SPIRIT will take place 9 – 11 March and 21 -24 March respectively. The gap between these exercises is being utilised by a major logistics exercise TIMBER TRUSS run by the Defence Logistics School 13 – 19 March involving large convoys of heavy trucks which will be using all training area transit routes and tank crossings. The public are advised to take extra precautions when using the byeways and recreational access areas particularly during the peak periods of 6/7 March and 9 – 11 March 2016.

A leaflet on public access to Imber is available online and should be read in advance of any visit:

Information about low flying is available from the MOD Low Flying Advisory Service (0845 600 7580) or on line at .

Artillery Live Firing Days from Areas 6, 7 and 8: NIL

Artillery Live Firing days on Salisbury Plain (East) NIL

Late firing on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 01st, 03rd, 08th, 10th, 12th, 16th, 17th, 22nd, 24th, 29th and 31st March 2016

Non-firing days on Larkhill/Westdown Danger Area: 05th, 06th, 19th, 20th, 25th, 26th, 27th, and 28th March 2016

Non firing days on Bulford Ranges: 05th, 06th, 12th, 13th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 28th March


Note: Complaints/Enquiries should be made to 01980 620819.



The MoD takes all complaints very seriously and do much to mitigate where possible. Most complaints from members of the public from around Salisbury Plain Training Area are concerning impulse noise generated from the detonation of the 155mm High Explosive shell, and gun noise from the AS90 artillery weapon system.

Noise Limits. All ranges have been directed to ensure that no impulse noise greater than

130dB is heard outside the range boundary in populated areas or on main routes.

Noise Prediction. Gunfire noise is predicted using the Gunfire Noise Analysis Tool (GNAT) and traces from the Met Office Noise Evaluation Tool (MONET) at Larkhill Met Office.

Noise Measurement. Range Operations monitors noise from both the guns and the impact area using fixed microphones linked to the Gunfire Noise Assessment Tool (GNAT) computer in Westdown Camp and staff may deploy with hand-held noise monitors.

Countering Excessive Noise. In the event that the 130dB limit could be exceeded, Range Operations have a number of control measures that can be activated to ensure the requirement is adhered to; including stopping firing.

Upcoming Major Exercises.

During exercises access may be restricted on Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.


Access to SPTA is regulated by Salisbury Plain Military Lands, Bulford, Larkhill and Imber Range Byelaws. Always comply with local signs and flags. Rights of way in Range Danger Areas are closed when red flags are flying.

This Newsletter is published up to 6 weeks before the event and changes may occur.

Access timings for the next week can be found on the SPTA Walks Line: (01980) 674763.

Imber Ranges.

The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened.

Planned open dates for 2016 are as follows:

Event Open Closed

Easter 1800hrs Thur 24 Mar 16 0800hrs Tue 29 Mar 16

Summer 1800hrs Fri 12 Aug 16 0800hrs Mon 5 Sep 16

1. Even when roads are open the village and buildings remain out of bounds to the public.

2. Dates may change if operational training needs dictate.


If any crime is taking place call 999, (or 101) and do not under any circumstances challenge the offenders.

Report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700) or The more information received the better, e.g. time, place, vehicle registration, description of individuals and vehicles.

Health and Safety reminder for all Military Training Areas and Ranges:

  • Do not touch or tamper with Military debris.
  • Wash your hands before you eat.
  • Clean your footwear before you enter your car or home.

Mike Hetherington



Senior Training Safety Officer Salisbury Plain