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Stonehenge tunnel 'must protect landscape'

A tunnel is to be dug to take a congested main road past Stonehenge, the government has announced. The 1.8-mile (2.9km) tunnel is part of a £2bn plan to make the A303 a dual carriageway.

Conservative MP John Glen told Today programme's Sarah Montague: "English Heritage and National Trust have said that it will have a beneficial impact on the World Heritage Site as a whole."

However, the road scheme faces criticism from the Campaign to Protect Rural England. Spokesperson Ralph Smyth called for a longer tunnel "that would protect the whole of the World Heritage Site, rather than duck in and duck out in that protected landscape."

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday 1 December.

  • 01 Dec 2014
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