Stonehenge underground road tunnel planned

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Plans to build a road tunnel going past Stonehenge have been announced by the government.

At the moment, a busy major road, the A303, runs next to the world famous prehistoric monument in Wiltshire.

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BBC journalist Richard Westcott explains why the tunnel is being built

It's hoped the new 1.8-mile tunnel will mean that the sight and noise of traffic jams will be a thing of the past.

The tunnel is part of a big £15billion plan to improve roads across England.

Trucks going past StonehengeGetty Images
Trucks going past Stonehenge

Stonehenge dates back 5,000 years and started out as a prehistoric burial site.

A previous plan to build a tunnel along the route was dropped in 2007 because there wasn't enough money.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said that the new plan would "get the funds it needs".