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Campaigners attack A303 plans over threat to Stonehenge

Words: Huw Morris

Heritage and environmental campaigners have launched a salvo against Highways England as it opens consultation on controversial proposals for its A303 scheme near Stonehenge.

The £1.6 billion plans include a twin-bore tunnel at least 2.9 kilometres long past Stonehenge, “green bridges”, grassed canopies and converting the road into a route for walking, tying and horse riding.

Highways England said removing the traffic bottleneck past Stonehenge would improve connectivity and help open up the South West, unlocking economic and social benefits for the region.

However, the Stonehenge Alliance, an umbrella group campaigning against the plans, said the scheme would cause “major and irreversible harm” to the UNESCO Stonehenge World Heritage Site and “deeply scar this iconic landscape and its setting for ever”.

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