FINALLY, DfT releases BHLR documents. And, as suspected, Treasury pressure forced through this appalling road scheme:
Bexhill Hastings Link Road - released documents show Treasury forced DfT into a rushed decision that ignored alternatives 29 April 2013 Immediate release Newly released internal Department for Transport documents show that the Treasury put significant pressure on the Department for Transport to approve £56m of government spending on the controversial Bexhill-Hastings Link Road ahead of the 2012 Budget. Briefing documents from department officials to local transport minister Norman Baker, show that the department was forced into making an early decision in favour of funding the road in order to meet Treasury deadlines. The final document, from two days before George Osborne's 21st March Budget speech tells Mr Baker a decision from him is now "Urgent, to inform potential Budget announcement." The briefing from the previous week, on 14th March makes it clear that making a qui...