Councillors back A92 campaign but warn improvements could take years

A92 campaign convenor Ron Page, right, with Robert Brown,whose grandson was killed on the A92 in February 2015.
A92 campaign convenor Ron Page, right, with Robert Brown,whose grandson was killed on the A92 in February 2015.

Councillors across Glenrothes have pledged their support for campaigners calling for urgent safety improvements on the A92.

But although there was unanimous support from the town’s area committee, their backing came with the warning that it could take months, or even years, for the improvements to be completed.

Addressing the committee, Ron Page convenor of the A92 campaign, said that the two-mile stretch of road between Balfarg and Cadham junctions was “unfit for purpose” and that now was an “optimum time” to remind Transport Minister Derek Mackay to act on his own assumption that “something needed to be done”.

The notorious stretch of road has seen a number of high profile accidents and fatalities in recent years and campaigners and community groups have become frustrated over the lack of progress despite and A92 Action Plan having now been passed to Mr Mackay for consideration.

Defending the minister’s position Cllr Ross Vettraino said: “We have to be realistic and realise that the A92 has its place in a long list of priorities, top of which is the A9.”

Fellow councillor John Beare added that the minister could not now comment on the document until after the election, adding that Mr Mackay had received the action plan just a couple of days before the Scottish Parliament broke up.

However, Cllr John Wincott said that while he sympathises with councillors dealing with the A9 issues in their areas, the priority of the Glenrothes councillors should be the A92.

He added: “Whoever is the transport minister after the election, he or she has now got a clear message from this committee to say that we want this looked at and we want it now.”

Cllr Altany Craik added:”We can’t just keep sitting back and wringing our hands on the matter, we need to act.

“The disappointment is that Derek Mackay has been slower out of the gates than we would have liked.”

Campaigners have once again written to the minister and are currently awaiting a response.