chapter  1
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The fight for Twyford Down in Hampshire was one of the most bitter battles over roadbuilding schemes in Britain in the 1980s and after. Its outcome has been gouged into the English landscape.

Twyford Down today is a white gash in the grey-green chalk uplands some 20 miles east of Stonehenge. A trick of the language calls this hill country downland; its gentle yet definite lines suggest living shapes. But here the motorway cutting severs and brutally truncates the whaleback form of the Down. Traffic whizzes through, on its way to or from London to the south coast. Who could look at Twyford Down now and doubt that the battle to save it was lost?