Stonehenge road tunnel scheme sparks concerns from heritage groups

Stonehenge road plans published sparking concerns from heritage groups

The plan are supposed to impact less on the monument

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Plans for a road tunnel near Stonehenge have been unveiled to the public - and it appears the revised design has not gone down with everyone.

The tunnel, which would cost £1.6 billion, would remove the road which runs alongside the ancient monument and take traffic through the hill beneath it.

Latest plans suggest the two-bore tunnel will now be nearly two miles longer than originally suggested, according to The Guardian. The design of the tunnel has been altered in an attempt to calm concerns that it could ruin ancient burial mounds and the view of the sunset during the iconic winter solstice.

One end of the tunnel is to have grass over it so that it is less noticeable in the landscape, as the idea behind the project is to make traffic less noticeable.

However there would also be an additional surface-level road near Stonehenge, resulting in English Heritage, the National Trust and Historic England expressing concern.

Whilst the groups support the principle of the project, in a joint statement they said there could be a "detrimental impact of traffic on the byways."

However the Stonehenge Alliance has given a stronger view, claiming the entire proposal is an “international scandal” and it would "destroy archaeology and deeply scar this iconic landscape and its setting forever.”​

The plans are being shown at a public consultation by Highways England until April, as it wants to complete this before handing over a final application for the development.

If accepted, the work is expected to start by 2021 and end by 2025.