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UNESCO report questions Stonehenge tunnel – Government on shaky ground, say campaigners

28 June 2017

Campaign for Better Transport responds to the publication of the UNESCO report into the Government’s plans for a new A303 and short tunnel under Stonehenge.

Highways England want a new dual carriageway through the Stonehenge World Heritage Site (WHS), 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.

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

"All large roads schemes cause substantial environmental damage and generate new traffic and a short tunnel under Stonehenge would do more harm than good.

“As such, we welcome UNESCO’s findings which highlight the threat the short tunnel poses to the WHS. This is a real setback for Highways England and should be the final nail in the coffin for this controversial and highly damaging road scheme.

“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

  • The World Heritage Committee is due to discuss the UNESCO Stonehenge report  on 6 July 2017
  • Read our blog - No compromise on protecting World Heritage Site
  • 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.