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Stonehenge A303 Tunnel Plan Approved By Transport Secretary

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

This is the introductory paragraph.

A controversial plan to dig a £2.4bn road tunnel near Stonehenge has been approved by the Transport Secretary.

As a non-driver, who would prefer to travel to the South West by train, I have no definite opinion on the proposed scheme.

However, I do hope that the design has taken full account of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Will more decide to holiday at home?
  • Will more buy holiday homes in Cornwall and Devon?
  • Will the road attract more traffic, as most do?

I do feel though, that it will be some years before construction starts, as if ever there was a project, that will be a pot of gold lawyers, then this is it!

 

November 12, 2020 - Posted by | Health, Transport | , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Blimey i though railways had lost the plot over costs but this is just insane amount of money for a couple of miles of road.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | November 12, 2020 | Reply

  2. I noticed that a photo of those protesting against this scheme chose to be photographed without the existing road between them and Stonehenge thus like the Anti HS2 brigade avoiding the reality of how things are today !

    I finally visited Stonehenge two years ago during tge long hot spring and summer and it’s noticeable the amount of noise that this road produces!

    It’s worth noting that the present Road only has space for one lane of traffic in each direction whereas this scheme has two lanes in each direction thus adding to costs and amount of traffic tge road can take.

    One issue with burying the road is whether any existing vehicles might be prohibited from using a tunnel because of frisk of fire ?

    Images showing ‘ after’ show how the tunnels are covered up allowing the grass to be continuous thus improving the look of the area .

    If this road was not built is there a viable alternative for this road taking it away from Stonehenge?

    M.windebank1@sky.com

    Comment by Melvyn | November 12, 2020 | Reply

    • I would assume that the antis alternative is close the road.

      Comment by AnonW | November 12, 2020 | Reply

  3. My daughter goes down this road, usually on a couple of times a year, but she comments on how awful it is – very very slow traffic because everyone slows down to look at Stonehenge! Often traffic is pretty much stationary. She avoids this by travelling home a different way – she will pick a nice National Trust property between her home and the conference venue she has been at, and go there for lunch. Something does need to be done about the road and traffic around it – and yes it is very noisy. But it does need to fit in with the surroundings, and be done in such a way that the it doesn’t affect the stability of the Stonehenge. It would be lovely if something could be done to allow people to walk into the actual henge. When we visited we had to walk around a path some distance from the actual henge, and we didnt feel it was the experience we had hoped for. I have since learnt that on occasions it is opened so people can walk within it, at a very great cost of course.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | November 13, 2020 | Reply


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