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The Stonehenge tunnel and the National Trust mystery.

The Stonehenge Alliance has just tweeted, not unreasonably: We expected the National Trust to agree with the Examiners that recommended Refusal because of cultural damage. And the answer from the Trust: We’ve a long-standing ambition to resolve the ongoing damage caused by the current A303 as it passes through the Stonehenge Landscape. So they want […]

The proposed name of the Stonehenge tunnel has been announced.

We understand that English Heritage, Historic England and The National Trust are planning to release a joint statement: “We are delighted that the Government has rejected the recommendation of both UNESCO and its own Planning Inspectorate and has announced it will go ahead with the tunnel, as advocated by us. This is indeed a momentous […]

The Stonehenge tunnel in context

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Yowling moggy No. 39: why the Stonehenge tunnel is so short!

Ever wondered why they don’t make the tunnel longer than 2.9 km and save all this argument? Well, Highways England implies it’s because “2.9 km is the maximum length a tunnel can have before it becomes necessary to install ventilation shafts along its length.” So not money then! It’s because a longer tunnel would mean […]

Ex Transport Secretary on Stonehenge tunnel scheme: “Just cancel it”

. Andrew Adonis has tweeted:. “I cancelled Stonehenge tunnel as Transport Secretary a decade ago, it was such a waste of money at £300m. Now it is being prosecuted by Cummings at £1.7bn, despite huge concern from archaeologists & transport experts. Just cancel it. Invest in local rail in the south-west instead.” . Which inspired […]

The Stonehenge tunnel delay: officialdom speaks (partly through silence and partly through gobbledygook!)

The pro short tunnel archaeological bodies have been placed in a tricky position by this second delay. Do they now say they regret that the gouging of a dual carriageway across the World Heritage landscape against UNESCO’s wishes has been delayed? Their reactions so far suggest they don’t quite know what to say! . Highways […]

#Stonehenge tunnel: slowly, slowly cancel monkey?

The Stonehenge project is going to be put back by another year. Those who oppose massive new damage to the World Heritage landscape (and that includes UNESCO) will be gratified but they may have much more to celebrate: Although Transport Minister Shapps wants us to “build ourselves out of the crisis”, the delay may be […]

Another massive voice speaks out against the Stonehenge tunnel:

Not just a host of top archaeologists, not just ICOMOS, not just UNESCO, not just the National Audit office, not just the AA, not just a host of Environmental and Archaeology organisations, not just The Transport Action Network but now Chris Stark, the head of the Committee on Climate Change, (an independent body formed under […]

Eight drivers to blame for the #Stonehenge tunnel!

Last week, the Salisbury Journal offered proof you can make statistics say anything you want them to say. In a somewhat sensationalist article, ‘Stonehenge found to be one of the top landmarks for causing road accidents‘, which bemoans the phenomenon of ‘rubber-necking’, it is stated that: SCORES of drivers have crashed their vehicles while eagerly […]

Tempus Fugit: has the Stonehenge tunnel missed its moment?

The Transport Action Network has some hopeful news for those opposed to the damage: “Boris Johnson has reportedly instructed his Cabinet to cull large “legacy projects and told them that everything is on the table, including ‘sacred cows’ and ‘pet projects’.” Nothing fits that description better than the Stonehenge short tunnel, a vote-catcher proposed two […]