Judge stripe through tunnel plan at Stonehenge

There will be no tunnel at the prehistoric stone circle in Stonehenge in England for the time being. The Supreme Court decided that in a case brought by the Save Stonehenge World Heritage Site (SSWHS) group.

Last year, the British government approved plans for a major adaptation to the A303 local road, a few hundred metres away from the stone circle. The road would be shifted, more lanes, and a 3.2 km tunnel should have arrived.

With the innovations, the government wanted to promote traffic flow. The construction project, which would cost nearly two billion euros, should have started in 2023 and would last five years.


But activists were furious about the plans. They called it sacrilege that a precious, prehistoric landscape would be plowed and covered with asphalt and concrete. Proponents said that a tunnel makes the Stonehenge motorway no longer visible and the landscape comes into its own.

According to the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Transport did not look closely at alternatives. We also need better research into the impact of the project on the environment.

Stonehenge is world famous and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986. The arrival of the tunnel could have meant the end of that status. UNESCO Director Mechtild Rรถssler recently said that modern area developments could be the first step in the deletion of World Heritage status.