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Stonehenge tunnel idea resurrected

Stonehenge tunnel idea resurrected
7:10am Tuesday 17th January 2012 By Annie Riddle

The idea of building a tunnel under Stonehenge has been resurrected by a consortium of council leaders from across the South West.

Wiltshire was among the authorities represented at a summit meeting to discuss A303 improvements, organised by Somerset County Council last week. They discussed ways to raise the £1billion needed to widen the remaining single lane sections of the road between Wiltshire and Devon. The tunnel, which would have cost more than £500million at the last count, is one of five separate schemes they believe are needed.

Somerset?€™s leader Ken Maddock believes there is scope to seek new funding in the light of Chancellor George Osborne?€™s autumn statement, which said that pension funds could be used to fund up to £20billion of infrastructure schemes.
He said: ?€œThis is a fabulous opportunity to put a joint bid together that will bring huge benefits to the whole of the West Country.?€

The 2.1km tunnel plans were shelved in 2007 after the government said the soaring cost was not justified.
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