SPTA Newsletter January 2013

Salisbury Plain Training Area
January 2013


Military Road Works – Eastern Infrastructure Plan (EIP)
Work on the closing sections of this project are planned to take place as follows:
New Road – Golf Golf Crossing to Perham Down ranges – Nov 2012 to Jul 2013
New Tank Crossing (Papa Golf) over Somme Road Perham Down – Nov 2012 to Easter 2013
New Tank Crossing (Papa Papa) over Kimpton Road, Perham Down – Nov 2012 to Easter 2013
New road Imber Ranges to Lavington Vedette via A360 (Delta Crossing) – Jan to Easter 2013
Ridgeway (the stone track between Lavington Vedette and Casterley) – Jan & Mar 2013


Activity on the Plain will be very light until the second week in January.
8 – 10 January – The Land Warfare (LWC) Centre Troop Commanders’ course will have their first run
out on the West and Centre of the Plain in Challenger 2 tanks together with the Brigade
Reconnaissance course on Exercise Badgers Hole.
21 – 31 January – Warminster based 3 YORKS will start training to become the LWC Battle Group
with Warrior and Support Weapons Company deployed.
28 – 31 Jan – LWC Armoured Infantry Course will deploy on Exercise Rarden’s Revenge together
with Brigade Reconnaissance on their exercise Badgers Stress.
Preparation for Ex PASHTUN DAWN (1 Mechanised Brigade Afghanistan pre-deployment exercise)
will start on 21 January with the inload of communications and logistic assets plus the construction of
infrastructure to support the troops in the field. The exercise will take place across the length of the
Plain between 9 February and 3 March and will involve some 4000 troops, 250 tracked and wheeled
armoured vehicles, fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.

Late firing on Larkhill Ranges on: 8th, 10th, 15th, 17th, 19th, 22nd, 24th, 29th, 31st, January.
AS90 Firing from Tilshead, Chitterne, Shrewton triangle: Nil

Complaints about Firing Noise should be made to (01980) 620819.

Military Flying – Helicopters, Hercules (C130) and fast jets may be active at any time. Fox Covert &
Everleigh Dropping Zones will be active for most of the period.

Complaints about low flying should be made to 0207 218 6020 or e-mail lowflying@mod.uk.

Provisional Dates for Future Major Exercises.

During the following exercise access may be restricted on Larkhill Ranges and in the Chitterne – Shrewton – Tilshead Triangle north of the B390.
9 Feb 13 – 3 Mar 13 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
10 Jun 13 – 24 Jun 13 Ex WESSEX STORM
26 Aug 13 – 13 Sep 13 Ex PASHTUN DAWN
11 Nov 13 – 25 Nov 13 Ex WESSEX THUNDER


Access to SPTA is regulated by Salisbury Plain Military Lands, Bulford, Larkhill and Imber Range
Byelaws. Always comply with local signs and flags. Public rights of way located 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) 67 4763.

Larkhill Ranges

No firing is planned for: 1st to 7th, 12th, 13th, 26th, 27th January.
Note: Due to the risk of “cook off” from unexploded ordnance the range is closed during fires.

Bulford Ranges
No firing is planned for: 1st to 7th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th January.

Imber Ranges

The public are excluded except when the roads are specifically opened and access is then limited to
the roads from Warminster to Joan a Gore’s Cross, Bratton to Imber and Heytesbury to Imber.

Details for road opening at Easter, in the summer and for St Giles’s Day and Remembrance services
will be published as soon as they are known.
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.
3. Church opening times can be found at www.imberchurch.org.uk.

What Can You Do to Reduce Crime on Salisbury Plain?

If a crime is taking place call 999 and do not challenge the offenders.
Report suspicious activity to PLAINWATCH (01980 674700). The more information received the
better e.g. time, place, vehicle registration, description of individuals and vehicles.

Lt Col (Retd)
for Commander DTE SW

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