Alternative route proposed to ease roundabout congestion

1011053 SSFF this way 'L - R: Cllr David Ross, Cllr Neil Crooks - publicising the by-pass route going via MGt and avoiding the Sainsbury Roundabout

1011053 SSFF this way 'L - R: Cllr David Ross, Cllr Neil Crooks - publicising the by-pass route going via MGt and avoiding the Sainsbury Roundabout

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TWO councillors have hit on a novel solution to problems at one of the town’s busiest roundabouts - a shortcut through the adjacent business park.

Neil Crooks and David Ross want officials to look at traffic pressures on the busy roundabout at the entrance to John Smith Business Park.

And the Labour councillors have raised solutions proposed by local people with Dr Bob McLellan, head of transport at Fife Council.

Cllr Ross said: “The road was re-aligned last year to create a roundabout at the entrance to John Smith Business Park.

“Although the road through the business park to Chapel Level was never meant as a ‘rat run’, if motorists were to use this route and miss the Sainsbury junction altogether, it may provide a temporary solution until something better can be put in place.

“Residents of the Glens estate also have concerns that Stagecoach has diverted the 33 bus service away from the Chapel turning circle, supposedly because of traffic problems.”

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Cllr Crooks added: “We have written to transportation asking them to put a new sign up to encourage drivers to use the link road.

“We have also raised the issue of traffic lights again and have also asked when Chapelton Drive - one of the roads entering the Sainsbury roundabout - is to be closed off as we think it is no longer required.

“Speed is another issue and it has been suggested that ribs may slow approaching vehicles effectively as they have been working well at Redhouse roundabout.”

Officers previously ruled out traffic lights at the roundabout, which receives traffic from six roads, but Cllr Crooks says they have failed to come up with anything practical to slow or reduce traffic congestion.