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Stonehenge tunnel raises concerns among archaeology experts

Stonehenge tunnel has been given the green light after 30 years of delays but archaeology experts have raised concerns over the consequences of such a project.

The ministers launched a public consultation for the plans for the 2.9 km dual carriageway tunnel, designed to ease congestion on the A303. The authorities plan to start the construction of the tunnel by April 2020.

However, the Council for British Archaeology director Mike Hayworth said many heritage organisations would still like to see a longer tunnel, as it is “almost impossible” to avoid damaging the area if the development took place as currently planned.

The archaeologist said the the world heritage site around Stonehenge must be protected and authorities should consider any possible damages that will be done against the world heritage site by the tunneling and the fact that both ends of the tunnel will come up through the site.

Alexa Stewart