A303 bypass at Stonehenge better than tunnel, say heritage experts UNESCO; Romsey Advertiser

UK – Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites

HERITAGE experts say an A303 bypass around Stonehenge would have less impact on the landscape than a tunnel.

A UNESCO report examining routes ruled out by Highways England said the two tunnel options would cause “considerable damage” to the archaeology, landscape and setting of the World Heritage Site.

It recommends a surface route previously rejected by Highways England instead of either of the tunnel options.

Its preferred route would run between Berwick St James and Winterbourne Stoke, then south of Stonehenge and Boscombe Down, before joining the current A303 east of Amesbury.

The UNESCO report said too little consideration was being given to the views of archaeologists and the general public.

Andy Rhind-Tutt, President of Salisbury Chamber of Commerce, said: “An amended Southern bypass route could bring the A303 south around Salisbury and connect every principal road to it.

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