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Plan for Stonehenge tunnel finalised
Thursday 12 January 2017

An article on the BBC - Stonehenge tunnel plan finalised by government - reports that a controversial plan for a road tunnel past Stonehenge has been finalised by the UK government.

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Stonehenge

Campaigners against the proposal claim the 1.8-mile (2.9 km) dual-carriageway tunnel will cause "irreparable damage" to the landscape, despite the fact that Transport Secretary Chris Grayling claims the plan will "transform" the A303, "cutting congestion and improving journey times".

A public consultation to get the views of drivers and residents will run until 5 March.

The busy A303 currently passes within a few hundred metres of the ancient monument.

The tunnel forms part of a £2bn government scheme to upgrade all remaining sections of the road between the M3 and M5.

Highways England's Jim O'Sullivan states that the plans for the A303 recognise the national importance of the route and these improvements will bring real benefit to the region and local communities. Moreover, the public exhibitions will provide an excellent opportunity to explain further our plans and to hear feedback from stakeholders.

Stonehenge is one of the Europe's most recognisable prehistoric monuments. The history of the Wiltshire site dates back 4,500 years and it is the only surviving lintelled stone circle in the world.

A report by UNESCO and the International Council on Monuments and Sites has recognised the benefits of the project, whilst the campaign group Stonehenge Alliance believes any tunnel shorter than 2.7 miles (4.3 km) would do "irreparable damage to the landscape".

In 2015 it launched a petition calling for a longer tunnel, which gained 17,500 signatures.

In a statement the group said: "The Alliance does not advocate new road building at Stonehenge, but accepts the need to improve the tranquillity and appearance of the World Heritage Site and its setting. If the government insists on widening the A303 by means of a tunnel it must be sufficiently long to avoid any further damage to and its setting."

English Heritage and the National Trust have also given their support to the option of "the longest tunnel possible".

Chairman of Amesbury Museum and Heritage Trust, Andy Rhind-Tutt, described the tunnel plan as a "self-destructing time bomb", which would "do nothing" for traffic problems in the area.

Editor's comment: Nobody seems to be talking about the fact that numerous undiscovered archaeological sites in the area may be damaged or destroyed.

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