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We must end this grim toll of fatalities on the A92

One of the Vehicles involved in the Fatal collision this Morning on hthe A92 between Fruchie and Ladybank in Fife. 15 Jan 14

One of the Vehicles involved in the Fatal collision this Morning on hthe A92 between Fruchie and Ladybank in Fife. 15 Jan 14

An inquiry is being called for in the wake of the latest tragedy on a notorious stretch of the A92 between Ladybank and Freuchie.

Two men died in a horrific early morning smash last Wednesday, adding to a grim roll-call of fatalities over the years.

And just over 24 hours later, a woman had to be cut free from her car on the same stretch after it was in collision with a lorry.

Now a councillor who represents the area is calling for a probe into the reasons behind the road’s deadly reputation.

“This is a deceptive road,” said Councillor Andy Heer.

“Its long straight stretches make it appear to be a safe and fast road but in fact there are many small junctions with side roads and farm entrances and a mix of through traffic, commuter traffic and local traffic which make it anything but safe.”

He continued: “In Freuchie we have a community which has grown until it straddles this busy trunk road, where people take their lives in their hands crossing the road to get to the shops or school. At Ladybank we have two poorly lit junctions. At Melville Woods we have heavy lorries and other traffic in and out of the recycling centre and the quarry.

“In addition we can soon expect more heavy traffic from quarries and biomass lorries feeding the Tullis Russell plant.

“What we need is not a knee-jerk reaction to recent events but an appraisal involving police, highway engineers, road users and local people to establish why we are getting so many accidents and what can be done to reduce risk and make this road safer.”

Meanwhile, the Glenrothes Areas Futures Group, which has been campaigningfor improvements on the road for years, is to call on the Scottish Government to review its policy on trunk roads over all Scotland, and the A92 in Fife in particular, amid claims that the infrastructure is ‘almost Dickensian’. The group also plans to meet with Fife’s MSPs and Transport Minister Keith Brown.

“The two very recent accidents have added ammunition to our call for improvements to this trunk road,” said spokesman Ron Page. The two fatalities in particular we regard as tragic.”

 

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