New Plans for Stonehenge Bypass
New plans for Stonehenge bypass
A government transport minister has been outlining possible options for the A303 road around historic Stonehenge.
It follows a decision in July 2005 to review plans - now estimated to cost £510m - to bore a tunnel at the site.
Stephen Ladyman said in addition to the tunnel, the viability of a bypass to the north or south or a 'cut and cover' tunnel would be examined.
He said: "The Government is committed to improving the A303 past the World Heritage Site at Stonehenge."
He added: "I hope that everyone with an interest in this important issue will take this opportunity to contribute to the review process."
David Lammy of the Highways Agency added: "This review is an important stage in our work. We need to find a solution for the A303 past Stonehenge that is right for the setting of the stones and right for the historic landscape which surrounds them."
The public consultation period runs from 23 January to 24 April 2006, with public exhibitions being held in Salisbury on 9-11 February 2006 and in London on 17-18 February 2006.
Alternatives to the underground road tunnel at the site could threaten the recovery of one of Britain's rarest birds - the stone curlew - the RSPB has warned.
Posted by The Eternal
23rd January 2006ce
Edited 10th February 2006ce