Bri­tain to build road tun­nel un­der Stone­henge

The Expositor (Brantford) - - WORLD NEWS -

LON­DON — Bri­tish author­i­ties have ap­proved plans for a con­tentious road tun­nel un­der Stone­henge — but al­tered its route so it won’t im­pede views of the sun dur­ing the win­ter sol­stice. The govern­ment said Tues­day that the 2.9-km tun­nel will bury a road that now runs past the pre­his­toric mon­u­ment. It says the re­vised route will be 45 me­tres far­ther from the gi­ant stone cir­cle than pre­vi­ously pro­posed “to avoid con­flict­ing with the sol­stice align­ment.” But crit­ics say the tun­nel will dis­turb a rich arche­o­log­i­cal site. Time Team host Tony Robin­son ac­cused the govern­ment of “lit­er­ally driv­ing a thou­sand coaches and horses through the World Her­itage Site.” Stone­henge, built be­tween 3000 B.C. and 1600 B.C., is one of Bri­tain’s most pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tions and a spir­i­tual home for druids and mys­tics.

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