The map below shows the A303 tunnel and road proposal option across Stonehenge World Heritage Site consulted on in Spring 2017.

The consultation closed on 5 March 2017. Around 9,000 responses were received by Highways England, the vast majority from people like ourselves objecting.

Even though Highways England were keen to broadcast the large number of responses, respondents using our pro forma (edited or otherwise) seemed to be an excuse to ignore the objections.

The consultation reports on responses are contained in four volumes here.

Our key concerns were:

  • Consultation period of 7 weeks was too short for a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • No options offered to protect the World Heritage Site
  • Tunnel too short (WHS is 5.4km/3.4 miles wide, tunnel is 2.9km/1.8 miles long).
  • Serious damage to archaeology and landscape in direct contravention of planning policy and World Heritage Convention.
  • Detrimental to wildlife especially the RSPB reserve for Stone Curlews.
  • £1.4bn expenditure won’t solve traffic problems

The Stonehenge Alliance responded to Highways England’s consultation expressing these serious concerns both with the consultation and the proposals.

The responses of many other organisations were equally damning.

Our response to the 2017 consultation

Read a summary of our response here. In full here.

The technical documents and maps on the Highways England consultation page here.

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