By Daniel Hunter

The CBI has called for plans to build a tunnel underneath Stonehenge to be revived.

CBI Director General John Cridland said reducing congestion on the busy A303 road would boost the economy in the area.

"The most significant barrier is Stonehenge. You obviously can't move it, so why not go under it?", he said in an interview with PA news agency.

The National Trust agreed with the idea, explaining that the volume of traffic is detrimental to the area.

"We believe building a tunnel under the landscape is the best way of improving the quality of this special place whilst at the same time significantly improving a major transport link for the South West," said Ian Wilson from the National Trust.

"We would like to see the longest possible tunnel but we recognise that any plan needs to be both affordable and deliverable if we're to finally solve this long-running challenge," he added.

The A303 runs from Honiton in Devon to Basingstoke in Hampshire with regular bottlenecks at it approaches Stonehenge.

Plans for a tunnel were first introduced seven years ago, but were later shelved for being too expensive. Mr Cridland said a tunnel would cost around £1bn.

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