Letters released to ITV Cymru Wales by the Welsh Government show that a request to the Treasury for greater borrowing powers based its case for more money entirely on the rising costs of the proposed M4 relief road, a new motorway that would run to the south of Newport.
After Monday's Budget, when the Treasury agreed to consider increasing the Welsh Government's current £1 billion borrowing power, there was anger in Cardiff Bay at the suggestion that the money would have to be spent on a particular project.
In his letter, Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford said that without prejudicing the outcome of the public inquiry, he wanted to explain why the project was going to cost more than originally envisaged.
It seems that Mark Drakeford needed to make a strong case, as the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss, pointed out in her reply that the Welsh Government had not yet used any of the substantial borrowing powers that it had already been given. But she agreed to let officials meet to discuss what could be done.
The Treasury still hasn't actually agreed to the extra borrowing powers but there seems to be strong support for the idea within the UK Government, notably from the Welsh Secretary, Alun Cairns, just so long as it means that the new motorway is built.