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Stonehenge Tunnel, to Run Near Stones, Gets Go-Ahead

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Traffic passes along the busy A303 that runs besides the ancient neolithic monument of Stonehenge on Oct. 13, 2015 in Wiltshire, England. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017 02:27 PM

The controversial Stonehenge tunnel has been given the go-ahead despite public protest.

Officials on Tuesday gave the green light to plans for a 1.8-mile road tunnel to be dug near the World Heritage Site despite expert views the project will compromise important archaeological sites.

"The government was taking the big decisions for Britain's future and this major investment in the South West will provide a huge boost for the region," Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said, Sky News reported.

He added that "quicker journey times, reduced congestion and cleaner air will benefit people locally and unlock growth in the tourism industry."

On Monday, it emerged the tunnel route had been altered after a Unesco report stated part of the tunnel could damage the site.

According to the BBC, the tunnel, which was initially planned to pass south of the Stonehenge stones, will now be dug along the route of the existing A303.

said The new route means the winter solstice alignment "will be unspoilt by lights and traffic from the road," Historic England, the National Trust, and English Heritage said in a joint statement, the BBC reported.

However, a spokesperson from the Stonehenge Alliance and Campaign for Better Transport said officials needed to completely rethink the entire project.

"The potential risk of loss of Stonehenge's World Heritage Status casts shame upon our country and those responsible for caring for our heritage," she told the BBC.

"Time Team" presenter and actor Tony Robinson slammed the government’s approval of the Stonehenge tunnel, telling The Independent it was "the most brutal intrusion into the Stone Age landscape ever."

He went on to state that the Department for Transport paid "no attention at all to the importance of the Wiltshire monument."

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