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I do hope Terry Mulroy's comments on the use of Lottery funding for a Stonehenge tunnel are not representative of the Institution's point of view (News 6/13 August).

I do hope Terry Mulroy's comments on the use of Lottery funding for a Stonehenge tunnel are not representative of the Institution's point of view (News 6/13 August).

The fact that the Government is funding the new road at Stonehenge with a combination of conventional DETR funds and heritage Lottery funds sets an important precedent for the profession.

It is just this sort of creative accountancy that could have saved Twyford Down and there is no doubt that future projects will benefit. The consequences for our profession are that at last we have the means to counter the argument that the best option is outside the budget. It is for engineers to make the case for additional funds and it is for the politicians to determine where they come from. It is the news we have all been waiting for.

Mark Whitby, MWHIT@whitby-bird.co.uk

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