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UNESCO recommends a different solution to damaging Stonehenge tunnel – Government plans must now be in doubt, say campaigners

6 July 2017

Campaign for Better Transport responds to UNESCO’s recommendations on Government’s plans for a new A303 at Stonehenge.

Highways England want a new dual carriageway through the 5.4km wide Stonehenge World Heritage Site (WHS), placing only part of it in a short 2.9km tunnel. UNESCO wants a longer tunnel or a surface bypass.

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

"All large roads schemes cause substantial environmental damage and generate new traffic.   The A303 will be no exception, particularly when combined with a whole series of upgrades along its length.

“UNESCO recommends that a longer tunnel or a surface bypass is progressed instead of the current plans.  However, we would like to see less damaging solutions explored.

“We don’t want to see a vast swathe of the Stonehenge WHS destroyed but neither do we want to see the surrounding countryside scarred forever.  Instead, there needs to be increased investment in rail and bus links, safer walking and cycling facilities and getting more freight off road and onto rail.”  


For further information please contact:

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


- The World Heritage Committee agreed the recommendations in 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.