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I see that the Stonehenge tunnel scheme has, after all this time and debate, been scrapped (NCE 13 December).

If your report is correct it sounds like nothing is going to be done to protect and improve access to this world renowned historical site.

Yet in Europe there does not seem to be any problem with roads in tunnel, in underpasses, on bridges and viaducts.

Take Barcelona for example. The length of motorway and three lane dual carriageways around and crisscrossing this city is very high compared to the motorway and road systems in and around any British city. Many of these roads have sections in tunnel with underpasses and viaducts.

We are told that the UK economy is the strongest and fastest growing in Europe.

How come then that a tunnel of a mere 2100m in length is financially beyond us?

The cost is no more than the cost of one the stadia currently being built for a three week one off sporting event.

DENIS STEPHENS, Brackenhurst, Saltergate Lane, Bamford, Hope Valley, S33 0BE

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