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Highly damaging road scheme at Stonehenge must be halted, say campaigners

23 April 2018

Campaign for Better Transport in its response to the latest consultation on upgrading the A303 through the Stonehenge World Heritage Site which ends today, is calling for the current proposals to be abandoned. It wants to see alternative solutions explored which do not cause further harm to this precious landscape.

It believes that the changes made by Highways England do little to change the acceptability of the scheme or significantly reduce its damaging impacts. It is also concerned that Highways England has ignored the vast majority of respondents to the previous consultation who wanted there to be no further damage to the World Heritage Site.

 

Chris Todd, from Campiagn for Better Transport, said: "Moving the road around within the World Heritage Site is a bit like sticking lipstick on a pig.  No amount of tweaks and changes can cover up a fundamentally bad proposal which will cause massive damage to the World Heritage Site. Until the scheme is abandoned or put into a much longer tunnel, an important part of our heritage could be lost forever.

 

"We would much prefer to see far greater investment in train and bus networks both locally and long distance. However, if a road is to be built, it needs to be in a much longer tunnel that avoids the World Heritage Site and its setting. The Government has the funding to do this yet here as elsewhere across the country it appears willing to sacrifice and damage some of our most precious landscapes."

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For further information please contact Alice Ridley Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468  communications@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  • Read our response to the A303 Stonehenge consultation
  • 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).