Give us a sign to keep us safe

Concerns have been raised about motorists driving the wrong way in East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy - which is a one-way street. Pic: FPA
Concerns have been raised about motorists driving the wrong way in East Fergus Place, Kirkcaldy - which is a one-way street. Pic: FPA
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A one-way street in Kirkcaldy has been described as “an accident waiting to happen” unless signage is put in to warn drivers there is only one exit.

Locals have raised concerns about East Fergus Place saying they have experienced a few near misses over the years because motorists are just not paying attention to the one-way system.

Now they are calling for Fife Council to put in signs on both sides of the street so that drivers know they can’t exit onto Abbotshall Road.

One local, Flint McCulloch, told The Press the area has been problematic for years.

He said: “It is a one-way street from the top to the bottom. The other night I was driving along ready to turn right into East Fergus Place, when this car flew up the street the wrong way and just about hit me!

“It has been a problem for years and there have been a few near misses. I have spoken to a few people who say it’s the Council’s responsibility to put in signs.

“There are people who don’t know the road and they are going into East Fergus Place to see the lawyers there but when they leave they don’t know they can’t turn right or left - depending on what side of the street they are turning out of.

“If there were signs put in on both sides of that street telling people to stay right or stay left, it would prevent any accidents.”

He continued: “It came very close the other night and it’s not the first time I have had a near miss on that road. I have heard it has happened to a lot of people using that street.

“I want to see signs put in before anyone gets hurt. It is an accident waiting to happen and somebody is going to be seriously hurt if it’s not made clearer to people that it is a one-way system.”

A spokesman for Fife Council said he hadn’t received any complaints about East Fergus Place and as a result no action would be taken.

Ian Smith, lead professional, traffic management (Mid Fife), said: “We have not been made aware of any issues with drivers driving north up East Fergus Place to exit onto Abbotshall Road. There are, therefore, no current plans to increase signage.

“We would not sign the junction with Abbotshall Road as “no right turn” as drivers should not be exiting that way at all. Any decision to increase measures on the road would follow liaison with Police Scotland with regards to enforcement.”