English Heritage 'welcomes' A303 funding

English Heritage 'welcomes' A303 funding

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:01pm 11th March 2020.

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The charity, who are the 'guardians of Stonehenge' say they 'look forward' to the next steps for the project.

The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, announced during his Budget speech today (Wednesday 11th March) that Government cash will be going towards improvements for the notorious road through the World Heritage Site. 

What we don't know at this stage is exactly how much money will be put into the scheme.

We're also expecting to get a final decision on the planning application to build a two mile, dual carriageway tunnel past Stonehenge from the Transport Secretary within weeks. 

A303 past Stonehenge with traffic
English Heritage say building a tunnel would 'allow people to better enjoy the ancient stones'

ENGLISH HERITAGE REACTION

The body, which has been working alongside Highways England on the plans for a number of years, have said they 'welcome the news' from the Chancellor.

English Heritage has described the area around Stonehenge as 'one of the most important prehistoric landscapes in Europe' but says it's 'split in two by a major road, which acts as a barrier to people enjoying, exploring and understanding the World Heritage Site'.

They've said removing the road and building a 'well-designed tunnel' will 'transform Stonehenge'.

A303 past Stonehenge with traffic
Heavy traffic past Stonehenge is a daily occurrence, which Highways England say the tunnel would prevent

Kate Mavor, English Heritage's Chief Executive, said: 

"We welcome this announcement and thank the Government for its support. This is an important step towards finally doing justice to Stonehenge - one of the wonders of the world - and the prehistoric landscape within which it stands. 

"Placing the A303 within a tunnel would transform Stonehenge, reunite the landscape, and leave a lasting legacy for future generations." 

Highways England A303 Stonehenge Tunnel February 2018 5 (Highways England)
An artists impression of what drivers would see on their way into the Stonehenge tunnel

CAMPAIGNERS UNHAPPY WITH BUDGET

A petition against the A303 Stonehenge tunnel plans, signed by more than 60,000 people, has already been handed to the Government. 

The Stonehenge Alliance set it up, saying 'deep cuttings, tunnel portals and massive highway interchanges' would significantly harm the World Heritage Site.

They've responded to the Chancellor's announcement:

Other transport groups have been reacting too: 

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