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Campaigners call for inadequate Stonehenge consultation to be rerun

3 March 2017

Campaign for Better Transport has today, (Friday 3 March), submitted its response to Highways England's consultation on the A303 Stonehenge (Amesbury to Berwick Down) calling for it to be rerun. 

Highways England want to dual the road through the Stonehenge World Heritage Site (WHS), including placing part of it in a short 2.9km tunnel.  The WHS is some 5.4km wide and therefore a new dual carriageway would cause significant harm to the WHS even if the immediate setting of the Stones themselves was enhanced. 

A growing number of archaeologists, historians and other experts are joining calls for these damaging proposals to be dropped and for a fresh approach to the A303 at Stonehenge.

Campaign for Better Transport believes that the public have once again been provided with little or no choice by Highways England.  In this instance, Highways England did not ask about options that would avoid harm to the WHS and there was no option of a longer tunnel. Campaign for Better Transport is also querying the information used to justify the road proposals.

Chris Todd, Roads Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"Stonehenge is one of our most precious sites anywhere in the UK and is internationally renowned. To be promoting such a damaging new road through this important site is nothing short of state sponsored vandalism of the highest order. 

“What is worse is that the public have been given no say in this and the so called options were ‘no choice at all’.  The whole process needs to be rerun.

“We need genuine alternatives to destroying a vast swathe of the Stonehenge WHS, such as increased investment in rail and bus links, safer walking and cycling facilities and getting more freight off road and onto rail.”

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For further information please contact:

Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes

  • Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).
  • Campaign for Better Transport is part of the Stonehenge Alliance alongside the Ancient Sacred Landscape Network, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Friends of the Earth, and RESCUE: The British Archaeological Trust.