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Highways England amends Stonehenge tunnel plans

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Highways England has amended its plans for the controversial £1.6bn Stonehenge tunnel scheme.

Changes include removing the proposed link between Byways 11 and 12, widening the green bridge proposed near the existing Longbarrow roundabout, and moving the proposed modification of Rollestone crossroads for a more compact layout.

In April, the International Council on Monuments and Sites UK told Highways England that it was “alarmed” by the “flawed” proposals, and the Stonehenge Alliance said the work would damage archaeological remains at the site. 

Highways England A303 Stonehenge scheme project director Derek Parody said: “We had a great response to our earlier consultation and have acted on the feedback.

“We now want to get people’s views on our proposed changes to our original consultation.

“The further feedback we get will allow us to make sure we have got the best scheme before we make our application later this year to build the scheme.

“Meanwhile we continue to work with heritage groups including Historic England, English Heritage, the National Trust, and experts in the field, including the Stonehenge Scientific Committee – a body of leading independent archaeologists – to ensure a new route is built sensitively to the World Heritage site.” 

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