Hastings underlines three wasted years since their wretched roads review', said shadow transport minister, Bernard Jenkin, yesterday in response to the release of the government`s decision on the Access to Hastings multi-modal study. Mr Jenkin continued:
'We welcome the few improvements to roads and public transport in the Hastings area that the government have chosen to make - although we regret that it has taken them three years since the 1998 roads review to agree to vital improvements to the A21.
'We have long recognised the need for a Hastings bypass but expressed our concerns that the government`s proposal did not meet the necessary environmental criteria. We accept the government`s decision to oppose the scheme as it was presented to them.
'However it is undeniable that there are substantial congestion problems in Hastings that must be addressed immediately. It is a shame that the government could not have come up with a road scheme that was more environmentally-acceptable.'