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Stonehenge could lose World Heritage status over tunnel plans, historians warn

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8 February 2018


Stonehenge could lose its World Heritage status if plans for a tunnel near the famous ring of stones get the go ahead, historians have warned.

Under the newest proposals the Highways Agency wants to build a 1.8 mile tunnel to try and ease traffic on the A303 which passes through Stonehenge and is often heavily congested.


It insists the tunnel would be deep enough not to damage the Wiltshire archaeological area which is believed to have been constructed between 3,000BC and 2,000BC.

The latest design, which has been altered after previous concerns were raised, has been welcomed by English Heritage, Historic England and the National Trust.

However, they are still worried about the proposal to link two byways, introducing a new route for vehicles close to Stonehenge after the tunnel is built.

They are also calling for a 200m grass canopy at the entrance and exit of the tunnel.




It would be sad if World Heritage status would be removed, just because of a tunnel. (Feel free to move to right section if necessary)

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