Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin is reportedly “alive to local interest” in re-opening a south coast railway line which has been closed for 44 years. Busy Mr McLoughlin even took time out to travel to Lewes station today:

But Scrapbook wonders why it was that McLoughlin even needed to leave his own corridor in Whitehall when when the MP for Lewes is, errrr, junior transport minister Norman Baker.

As with “Danny Aid” — state subsidy for a mountain railway in Danny Alexander’s constituency — Lib Dem ministers are still looking to extract a bounty for their colaboration with the Tories.

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