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Unrealistic to seek A303 tunnel
1:21pm Wednesday 26th March 2014 in Postbag
I TAKE issue with John Glen MP on a crucial point he made in the Journal on March 20 about the way forward for the A303.
He stated that he was “going to look first and foremost for the maximum investment in my constituency – not start out arguing for a tame compromise”.
The tunnel was unaffordable in 2006 and there is nothing to suggest that it is affordable now.
I find it unrealistic and unachievable to be seeking such a solution. To fight for an affordable, well-landscaped, surface-laid dual carriageway along the approximate line of the current A303 past Stonehenge and then bypassing Winterbourne Stoke to the north is, I suggest, both realistic and achievable in a relatively short timeframe.
Furthermore, it would resolve the terrible traffic jams suffered by locals, businesses and travellers from far and wide. It would be pragmatic and not a “tame” solution.
English Heritage, I believe, has always wanted to put Stonehenge out of the sight of the public and I wonder if our MP has been seduced by their persistence.
Stephen Bush, Berwick St James
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