What is SCAR?

A Briefing sheet on South Coast Against Roadbuilding

SCAR is a network of  local groups in the corridor stretching from Ramsgate in Kent, to beyond Honiton in Devon. SCAR promotes positive alternatives to road building from Ramsgate and all along the South Coast, as well as opposing new roads.

SCAR published Travelling Light: 'Alternatives to the South Coast Superhighway'. Based on investing in the South Coast railway - together with other public transport modes, walking, cycling and traffic calming - it highlights the opportunities for solving access problems along the South Coast, while improving both local economies and local environments.

SCAR's History

SCAR was originally formed in April 1994 to fight the threat from the then Department of Transport's (DoT) plan for a 230 mile South Coast Superhighway, taking in the A259, A27, M27, A31 and A35. Put forward as a series of local bypasses, the schemes were actually part of a much larger strategic route.

SCAR is now becoming increasingly concerned that this original plan is being dusted off again with a new series of Department for Transport led road study's.

What SCAR has done

Published leaflets highlighting the damage a South Coast Superhighway would cause;

It has co-ordinated stunts across the whole length of the route to add a highly visual element to the campaign and to raise public awareness. These include:

SCAR produced a study showing how expensive and wasteful building roads using private finance is. Using the government's own figures it demonstrated that these privately built roads could end costing the taxpayer three times more than conventionally funded roads. It would be cheaper to build them using a credit card!

SCAR submitted "Travelling Light" in response to the Governments invitation for comment on their consultation paper "What role for Trunk Roads in England".

SCAR was an early member of the South East Forum for Sustainability (SEFS) joining with other groups such as The RSPB. Friends of the Earth. The Cyclists Touring Club. The Wild Life Trusts in speaking with one voice on the environment at government meetings.


March1994 trunk road programme review report published
23 AprilInaugural meeting
24 JunePublic launch
6 JulyTour de France protest - huge chalk cartoon John Major
13 JulyJohn Major cartoon on billboard opposite DOT HQ
AugustWorthing to Lancing Improvement public inquiry closes
15 AugustPublic meeting and brochure launch
20 SeptemberChideock and Morcombelake Bypass public inquiry closes
OctoberRomney Marsh schemes public inquiry opens
JanuaryGuestling Thorn to east of Rye round table held
13 JanuaryRomney Marsh schemes public inquiry closes
25 MarchPatching Junction protest
AprilGuestling Thorn to east of Rye round table held
MayHoniton Eastern Bypass public inquiry opens
JuneSCRAMM - South Coast Ramble Against Megaroad Madness
4 AugustMeridian TV documentary on South Coast trunk road
12 SeptemberProtest at Hastings bypasses pre-inquiry meeting
OctoberHoniton Eastern Bypass public inquiry closes
31 OctoberHastings bypasses public inquiry opens
November1995 trunk road programme review report published
JanuaryKeith Buchan appeal
MarchBenefit concert by Julian Cope
18 MarchSouthwick Tunnel protest
13 AprilRoad Traffic Reduction Bill campaign - Surround the DOT
MayKeith Buchan appears at Hastings bypasses inquiry
21 MayProtest at Hastings bypasses inquiry (big SCAR map)
JuneWeymouth Relief Road protesters set up Teddy Bear Camp
9 JunePolegate Bypass walk
18 JulyHastings bypasses public inquiry closes
17 SeptemberTravelling Light launched in Southampton and 5 counties
November1996 trunk road programme review outcome announced
22 JanuaryRTRB campaign - rally and mass lobby of Parliament
23 JanuaryEviction of A30 protesters' Fairmile camp begins
7 FebruaryTransport Secretary given Travelling Light on Brighton visit
21 MarchRoad Traffic Reduction Bill receives Royal Assent
2 MayLabour wins election - will review trunk roads & DBFOs
24 JuneHastings  - Bexhill bypass walk. 60 activists join the walk.
9 July +SCAR members attend the new South Coast Multi Modal Study Workshops along the corridor.
12 July Plan to build the Hastings bypasses scraped
11 AugustSCAR writes to Stephen Byers. Timetable requested for Hastings public transport improvements.
15 SeptemberSCAR attends the Brighton meeting to assess SoCoMMs to date, organised by SEFS transport group.
27 NovemberSCAR joins the fight to save ancient woodland in the Titnore Lane Worthing widening horror
9 MaySouth Coast Multi-Modal Study (SoCoMMS).  Consultants preferred transport strategy unveiled
5 JulySCAR voices its concern over the A24 Ashington to Southwater detailed options report
6 JulySCAR submits its response to SoCoMMs preferred strategy
25 NovemberA24 Alliance formed. A24 scheme cancelled 2013
22 JuneCamp set up to stop the Arundel bypass of the bypass. It could be back again soon (2014)
9 JulyTransport Secretary rejects the Arundel bypass and other damaging road schemes in West Sussex
2009Oh yes we're still watching you road builders.
2014We're back on the case - watch this space!

Original idea by Colin Murray
East Sussex Transport 2000                                            

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