Stonehenge is one of the most famous UK landmarks that tourists flock to around the world.
The 5,000-year-old site often causes the roads around it including the A303 to become overcrowded with cars, being one of the worst bottleneck roads in the UK.
However, the government want to change this by suggesting a road to be built underneath the landmark site, with the 1.8 mile tunnel hoping to ease the traffic jams.
It could cause a bigger problem for the heritage site.
Stonehenge could lose it’s UNESCO status if the new tunnel underneath is built
We have to assess first what are the potential impacts of any changes which might occur on the values of the site
Stonehenge could lose its UNESCO heritage status if the road is built, both campaign groups and UNESCO themselves warn.
UNESCO has stated that the plan could cause “considerable damage” to the famous site.
Isabelle Anatole-Gabriel, Chief of Europe and North America at UNESCO, stated: “We are not there, we have to assess first what are the potential impacts of any changes which might occur on the values of the site and on its integrity.”
Not all National Trust members agree with the plan either as they believe it could harm the archaeology of Stonehenge.
Kate Fielden, part of the National Trust and also Stonehenge Alliance secretary told Sky News: “The deep cuttings, the lights, the gantries, the signage – all those things that go with a… four-lane highway – will damage the integrity – by the sight and sound of it – of a number of really important monuments in this landscape.
“Stonehenge has been designated a site of outstanding universal value by UNESCO and I think it would be very poor of us as humanity to treat it in such a disrespectful manner.”
Stonehenge causes huge traffic jams on the surrounding roads, including the A303
The Government have assured them that the tunnel will be deep enough to not damage the site, with National Trust also backing the plan.
A spokesperson said of the new plans: “We are working closely with Historic England, the National Trust and English Heritage to develop these plans and they have welcomed the significant benefits our proposals will bring to the protection of Stonehenge.
“Upgrading the road will cut congestion, improve journey times and provide a huge boost to the economy in the South West as it links people with jobs and businesses with customers.”
Stonehenge, one of the most popular UK landmarks, is under threat if the plans come into place
Yet the famous landmark has also come under fire for being one of the most underwhelming tourist attractions.
Many took to TripAdvisor to vote it as one of the worst in the UK to visit.
Reviewers states it was “just rocks” and “the definition of a tourist trap”.