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The Stonehenge tunnel is finally set to go ahead

City A.M. Thursday, 12 January 2017
The Stonehenge tunnel is finally set to go aheadThe much-talked-about tunnel under Stonehenge is finally set to go ahead to cut congestion and preserve the Unesco-listed site.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling today unveiled the plans to spend £2bn transforming a seven-mile stretch of the A303 in Wiltshire.

The proposed option will construct a 1.8 mile dual carriageway tunnel to enhance the world heritage site and improve journey times.

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The upgrade will link the A303 to the M3 in the south east and the M5 in the south west, improving journeys for millions of people, the statement said.

Grayling said this government has allotted a record £15bn in funding road infrastructure. He said:

This major investment in the south west will transform the A303 and benefit those locally by cutting congestion and improving journey times.

It will also boost the economy, linking people with jobs and businesses with customers - driving forward our agenda to build a country that works for everyone and not just the privileged few.

Highways England chief executive Jim O'Sullivan has also backed what he called "the biggest investment programme in our roads in a generation".

The Stonehenge tunnel is part of the 2014 road investment strategy which committed to upgrading all remaining sections of the A303 between the M3 and M5 to dual carriageways. The programme will start with Stonehenge before converting the area between Sparkford and Ilchester and between Taunton and Southfileds.

The government is holding a consultation from today through 5 March to offer the public a chance to view the proposals.
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The UK government has finalized plans to construct a tunnel under Stonehenge to reduce traffic and noise around the monument. Angeli Kakade (@angelikakade) has more.

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