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Tunnel vision could damage Stonehenge World Heritage Site

12 January 2017

Campaigners are calling for a fundamental rethink on the Government's plans for the A303 road at Stonehenge as it publishes a new consultation today.

The Government has already announced that it wants to construct a 1.8mile/2.9km tunnel there ahead of the public having had their say. Such a tunnel would involve substantial damage to the World Heritage Site which is some 5.4km wide.

This would fall well short of the Government’s commitment to protection of the whole World Heritage Site under the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, notably Article 4.

Campaign for Better Transport does not advocate new road building at Stonehenge and wants to see other options to manage and reduce traffic to be fully explored in the first instance.

James MacColl, Head of Campaigns at Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“The only options in the consultation should be ones that do no further harm to the World Heritage Site, one of our greatest national assets. Anything less would be a betrayal of the Government’s duty to safeguard this iconic landscape for future generations.”


For further information please contact James MacColl, Head of Campaigns at Campaign for Better Transport, on 020 7566 6483/07984 773 468 or james.maccoll@bettertransport.org.uk 

Notes to editors

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).

The Department for Transport and Highways England have today, 12th January, published a consultation on their proposals for a new tunnel.

The 1972 World Heritage Convention was ratified in the UK 1984.