It is very easy to blame Transit for being biased against Transmission Gully (and they are) but at the end of the day the decisions are made elsewhere, and illustrated in this exchange:
Further, the Environment Court had clearly stated that Transmission Gully was the project that would proceed in the long term. “What happened between 2000 and 2004 to bring forward a proposal that was rejected in 2000?” Sir Brian asked.
Transit Wellington regional manager Graham Taylor said more accurate costings were done on both options and presented to then Transport Minister Pete Hodgson.
The Government chose to provide enough money to build the coastal expressway, he said.
I pointed this out at the time. It was Claytons consultation as the Government said in theory you can decide whatever you want, but we are only providing enough money for one option.