Commuters snared in roadwork chaos

A trail of traffic entangled in Coaltown of Wemyss
A trail of traffic entangled in Coaltown of Wemyss

Commuters in and out of Kirkcaldy were left stuck and seething last week as both the Standing Stane Road and main Coaltown of Wemyss route were affected by roadworks.

Traffic lights on both main roads led to long tailbacks leaving drivers bewildered as to why both arterial routes were blocked.

Work started on Wednesday on a resurfacing project along the full stretch of Main Road in Coaltown while, at the junction to the village on the A915 ‘Standing Stane’ between Leven and Kirkcaldy, Scottish Water began work to install a new water connection on behalf of the company behind the recently-constructed Earlseat wind farm.

It left locals questioning why both projects were being carried out at the same time, with many complaining of major delays... and inconvenience.

But the traffic lights on the Standing Stane were later cleared with Fife Council confirming that the work had been postponed until after resurfacing in Coaltown is complete; that’s expected to be October 29.

Angus Carmichael, service manager, said: “We have been carrying out road resurfacing works in Coaltown of Wemyss. To assist the public we suggested an alternative route along the Standing Stane Road. Unfortunately Scottish Water was granted an early start for its work on the Standing Stane at the same time due to the alternative route for the resurfacing not being officially recorded.

“As soon as the problem was discovered we asked Scottish Water to backfill its works and return after the surfacing works is complete.”

A Scottish Water spokesman confirmed, contrary to some complaints from drivers, that signage indicating the works had been put in place as the company was legally bound to do so when carrying out roadworks.

He added: “In agreement with Fife Council we have postponed works to install a water connection on the Standing Stane Road until the resurfacing work is completed by the Council on one of the alternative routes for motorists.

“The work is scheduled to resume on Monday and to be complete by Friday, November 7.

“We apologise to any motorists who were inconvenienced by these works.”