They Really Are Sticking a Massive New Road Under Stonehenge

By Gary Cutlack on at

They're almost certainly going to dig a tunnel right under Stonehenge, and then, to further infuriate the ancient sun and star gods, it'll be filled with cars going to second homes in Devon and Cornwall.

It's part of the government's previously announced plan to invest in the A303 and turn it into the sort of fat road people can go faster on in their big black SUVs. Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling said: "This major investment in the south-west will transform the A303 and benefit those locally by cutting congestion and improving journey times. It will also boost the economy, linking people with jobs and businesses with customers -- driving forward our agenda to build a country that works for everyone and not just the privileged few."

Which isn't going to please opponents of the project, who say that the road's entry point into the tunnel will ruin the view of the site, plus the light pollution caused by its lighting will make the experience of sitting there with thousands of other people on two days of the year less magical in some small way.

The Stonehenge Alliance would rather the 1.8-mile dual-carriageway tunnel was extended to at least 2.7 miles, keeping the brightest entrance and exit bits away from the historic rocks. But the government's put the 1.8-mile version on its web site, so that's the one it's going for. A consultation on the plan is open now if you are angry about this. [GOV via BBC]


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