Campaign against Stonehenge tunnel backed by Spinal Tap star

Campaign against Stonehenge tunnel backed by Spinal Tap star

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 12:17pm 16th July 2020. (Updated at 2:01pm 16th July 2020)

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Actor Harry Shearer, who's also the voice of many characters in The Simpsons, is 'weighing in on the current controversy'.

There's another push of opposition by those who don't want to see it built.

The plans for a 2 mile tunnel, which would also include changes for the Countess and Longbarrow roundabouts, and a bypass for Winterbourne Stoke, have faced fierce criticism.

A303 Stonehenge Project Map
Highways England has produced a map of the area the project covers


The opposition's being led by the Stonehenge Alliance - a group made up of organisations like the Campaign to Protect Rural England, Friends of the Earth and the British Archaeological Trust amongst others.

They've released a video from Spinal Tap star, Harry Shearer, in which he explains that he's AGAINST the A303 upgrade ideas: 

Within the video, Harry says: 

"From everything I've read, and everything I know about how modern infrastructure works, affecting the built and natural environment, it's probably a really bad idea to build this tunnel next to Stonehenge. So I'm pleading with the authorities to take the 'humility' way out and say Stonehenge has been there a lot longer than we have and it probably deserves to be left as it is. Undisturbed."

The Stonehenge Alliance has said they're 'delighted' to have the backing of the actor in the final push for the campaign.

A303 past Stonehenge with traffic
The upgrade plans for the A303 past Stonehenge are aimed at reducing traffic past the monument - but opponents are against any further disruption to the site

The group has already presented a petition to the Government with 60,000 signatories against the plans, with more people signing it since it was handed in.

There's also been fresh opposition from the Amesbury Museum too: 


The plans have been drawn up by Highways England, with help from Historic England and English Heritage.

They've been working on those for a number of years, have been carrying out some preparatory works in the area, and started tender processes for contractors.

Salisbury MP John Glen has been vocal in his support of the plans since he was elected, making representations in Parliament.

Wiltshire Council is also in favour of the plans saying it would 'reduce intrusion on the ancient monument, boost the local economy, address congestion issues and end rat runs in nearby villages'.

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