UK approves road tunnel near Stonehenge

Guy Faulconbridge

Britain has given development consent to a road tunnel that will reduce congestion around Stonehenge, the prehistoric site made up of a mysterious circle of stones in southern England.

"The Secretary of State agrees the benefits of the development would include enabling visitors to Stonehenge to see the stone circle without the visual and aural distraction of road traffic," Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said in a letter approving the project.

Transport minister Andrew Stephenson announced the decision in a written statement to parliament on Thursday.