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Just one way to make street safer

(SSFM 0214046) Cllr David Graham at the turn in Simon Crescent, Methilhill, where, if a one-way system is installed, cars will have to turn left (picture by Neil Doig)

(SSFM 0214046) Cllr David Graham at the turn in Simon Crescent, Methilhill, where, if a one-way system is installed, cars will have to turn left (picture by Neil Doig)

Residents in Methilhill are being asked for their views on a proposed new one-way traffic system on the street where they live.

A survey is under way in Simon Crescent to measure opinion after concern in recent months over safety in the Levenmouth street.

The number of parked vehicles, levels of congestion in the area and the effect on two-way traffic in particulalry narrow sections of the road sparked worries among local people.

Enquiries were made about a possible one-way set-up, with a ‘yes’ response reckoned to be likely, and residents are being asked for their most favoured option in a quick questionnaire.

The survey will take only minutes to complete and is free to return to Fife Council.

It has been distributed among the affected properties, numbers 15-145 and 2-64, with drawings to show how such a system could be provided.

Local councillor David Graham hoped as many people as possible would respond, with letters or emails to be returned by January 31.

If it went ahead, he said, benefits would include better road safety, with all vehicles travelling in the same direction reducing potential accident risks, and an improved flow of traffic with less congestion.

The matter had been raised before, said Cllr Graham, but had resurfaced again because of fresh concerns.

“I sent a preliminary survey to get local people’s views on the possibility of a one- way system and I was surprised at the level of positive feeling which I got back,” he added.

“I have since been working with transportation services to see if it would be possible.

“There is a lot of work to be done but the survey being sent out is the next step towards the possibility of a successful outcome for the people of Simon Crescent.”

Cllr Graham told residents: “I urge you to have your say on this survey, as we need to have a positive opinion from the majority of residents to allow this to be taken forward as a serious proposal.”

Ian Smith, traffic management lead professional for Mid Fife, said in a letter to householders: “The provision of a one-way system generally results in higher traffic speed, so before any change was introduced, speed surveys would be taken.

“Further speed surveys would be taken after a one-way system was installed to identify how speeds had changed – if they had increased, then traffic calming measures may be required, as it is important in a 20 mph zone to control inappropriate speed.”

Householder Christine Dow said: “We have had vans and even lorries having to reverse up the street to allow for oncoming traffic. The one way system could avoid that and make access much easier.”

 

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