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Stonehenge tunnel investment
Strategy underway to remove traffic from the immediate landscape

The British government has announced it will invest in a vehicular tunnel to restore the landscape surrounding Stone Henge.

Stonehenge monument, England
Diego Delso / CC BY
Stonehenge monument, England
The landscape of the prehistoric monument has been divided by the A303 road affecting the site visually and audibly.The 2.9km tunnel will allow the monument to sit within its wider landscape without the obstruction of traffic, connecting the monument to the historic processional route and improving the tranquility of the site. Helen Ghosh Director of the National Trust explained ‘The importance of this announcement today cannot be overstated…After many false starts and challenges, this does for the first time feel like a real opportunity to tackle the blight of the road that dominates the landscape of Stonehenge’. 

 A solution to the issues of the road has been sought since the designation of the site as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. Dr Simon Turley, Chief Executive of English Heritage added ‘This will be the biggest single investment ever by Government in this country’s heritage and is truly a momentous decision. It is vital that any new scheme to put the A303 into a bored tunnel is located in the right place and designed to the best specification. This is about investing in the future. We have a responsibility to future generations to get this right as we provide a world-class solution for a world-class place.' 

 The world heritage site has also recently seen the opening of a new visitor centre, designed sensitively within the landscape. The building is located 1.5 miles to the west and out of site the monument using local materials and forms to fit within the Salisbury Plain using locally grown Sweet Chestnut timber and Salisbury limestone.

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11. Dec 2014
Reported by Amber Roberts, St Helens



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