Views sought on Stonehenge tunnel carbon claims

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Transport caput Grant Shapps has launched a further consultation connected National Highways’ A303 Stonehenge passageway plans.

In particular, Shapps is seeking feedback connected National Highways’ updated c emanation assessments.

In effect to his petition for much information, National Highways has submitted updated biology interaction assessments to the Planning Inspectorate. These study a alteration successful estimated c emissions during the road’s operation and its operation, compared with the archetypal calculations submitted successful 2018.

National Highways concludes that “GHG [greenhouse gas] emissions from operation person decreased owed to a alteration successful GHG emissions factors”, portion “predicted wide CO2e emissions person decreased” owed to an updated matrix, which has an “updated fleet mix, including the projected uptake of electrical vehicles (EVs), up to 2050”.

The existent plans are for a 12.8km dual carriageway, and a 3.2km passageway underneath the World Heritage Site that intimately follows the existing A303 route.

Shapps is presently successful the process of “redetermining” his determination connected National Highways’ readying exertion for the £1.7bn Stonehenge tunnel, aft a High Court justice ruled his archetypal determination to o.k. the strategy was “unlawful”.

As portion of the process, Shapps released a connection of matters successful December 2021, which acceptable retired the aspects of the readying exertion that helium volition look astatine again.

A large portion of redetermining the exertion involves examining the biology and c interaction of the projected strategy successful narration to authorities commitments and legislation. Shapps volition besides person to beryllium that helium has considered an alternate strategy for a longer tunnel.

The roads assemblage has antecedently named 3 associated ventures connected its shortlist for the job, which are:

BMJV, comprising Bouygues Travaux Publics SAS and J Murphy & Sons; HDJV, comprising Hochtief Infrastructure GmbH and Dragados SA; and MORE JV, comprising FCC Construcción SA, Salini Impregilo SPA and BeMo Tunnelling UK.

National Highways latest biology accusation tin beryllium work here.

Interested parties person until 10 June to taxable their responses to National Highways’ latest biology interaction assessments.

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