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Travel – A3 Hindhead Road Tunnel; opened fully today

After over 30 years of discussion and 4 years of excavation and finishing works, the £371m A3 Hindhead Tunnel (built by Balfour Beatty) opened fully to traffic today. Southbound traffic started using the tunnel on Wednesday and this morning (Friday), the northbound bore was opened.

Hopefully, the queues of past years are behind us and this major bottle-neck in the southeast of England has finally been eliminated.

It was suggested this week that the Hindhead tunnel marks the last major road project in England, certainly for the foreseeable future. One casualty of Government cuts is the proposed relief road around the historic site of Stonehenge in Wiltshire. Basically, the money has run out for huge public works projects!

Click here for my earlier post of the A3 Hindhead Tunnel walkthrough in May 2011.

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