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New Stonehenge consultation fails to address UNESCO’s concerns

5 July 2018

Campaign for Better Transport is criticising Highways England’s latest consultation on minor changes to the A303 Stonehenge (Amesbury to Berwick Down) scheme which is set to run from 17 July to 14 August.   

The proposed changes do little to address the concerns expressed in the recent UNESCO Mission report and by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee last week in Bahrain.

The latest proposals from Highways England still fail to address the major issue with the scheme, which is the large amount of surface dual carriageway to be built in the World Heritage Site.  Campaign for Better Transport is part of the Stonehenge Alliance which is calling for no further damage to the World Heritage Site. 

Chris Todd, Local Groups Campaigner for Campaign for Better Transport said:

“Highways England says it wants to hear what people think about its latest minor tweaks, however it is steadfastly ignoring the thousands of responses that have called for a longer tunnel.  This latest consultation is a slap in the face to UNESCO which only last week expressed its concern about the impact of the scheme on the World Heritage Site.

“These minor tweaks are being used to try and show that Highways England is listening, when the truth is that the major issue has not been addressed.  The thousands of people who object to the proposals won’t be appeased by these latest changes, nor will they forgive the Government the destruction it is set to wreak upon this much cherished historic landscape.

“We urge the many groups and individuals opposed to this damaging scheme to speak up again before 14 August 2018.”

ENDS

For further information please contact the press office on 07984 773 468 or communications@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  • Read more about Highways England’s plans here: Stonehenge consultation
  • Read our blog - No compromise on protecting World Heritage Site
  • 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. 
  • 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).