Stonehenge tunnel ‘should be reconsidered’, Unesco says; BBC News


UK – Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites

A controversial plan to build a tunnel at Stonehenge should be reconsidered, a Unesco report has recommended.

The report says a short tunnel could damage the World Heritage Site and a bypass above ground or a longer tunnel should not be ruled out.

The findings will be presented to the World Heritage Committee next month.

In January, plans for a 1.8-mile (2.9 km) dual-carriageway tunnel were finalised by Highways England, and a public consultation was launched.

Key points in the draft decision responding to the report, released ahead of the World Heritage Committee meeting, include:

  • The 2.9 km tunnel would cause “adverse impact” on the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the site
  • The portals at each end of the tunnel would have visual impact, but the extent of new roads within the site is of greater concern

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