An alternative to Tunnel Vision at Stonehenge

An alternative to Tunnel Vision at Stonehenge

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An alternative to Tunnel Vision

We believe the High Court judge who quashed Grant Shapp’s approval to grant the Development Consent Order for the A303 / Stonehenge tunnel made the correct decision and that an alternative solution exists that can be implemented faster than the tunnel. This would be in the best interests of local residents and the wider public.

Despite the frustration of another delay, we call on Grant Shapp's and the government to withdraw from the tunnel project because of the environmental damage it would cause to the countryside. This includes thousands of cubic metres of soil from the tunnel construction delivered to the village of Winterbourne Stoke by a temporary road across the River Till. The unbearable disruption during the build would result in the bypass being much higher than previously specified. The detrimental effect on the landscape, noise levels and local community would leave an appalling legacy for the future. 

We support the dualling of the A303 on its present line in a shallow cutting just deep enough to hide Stonehenge from the view of motorists. This would ensure centuries’ old view of the stones would be protected. The scheme would be completed much quicker than the tunnel, bringing faster relief from rat running traffic through the besieged villages of Shrewton, Larkhill, Durrington and Bulford and other surrounding villages.

The second carriageway would be constructed alongside the existing A303, which would reduce the need for road closures. The soil removed from the cutting would be less than from the proposed tunnel. Most of this could be dispersed on site or accommodated on nearby MOD army ranges.

The alternative scheme suggested could be constructed with less damage to the Stonehenge World Heritage Site, and Winterbourne Stoke, and would impact the area of least archaeology interest. We recognise this approach could result in the loss of World Heritage status for Stonehenge, but believe this is a price worth paying to achieve the correct outcome for local villages, motorists, the economy and the government.

Finally, the financial savings would be enormous in comparison to the tunnel scheme, which is costing £1.7 billion.

 

 

 

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