New drive to kickstart A92 improvement

Balfarg Junction A92 Glenrothes
Balfarg Junction A92 Glenrothes

A Glenrothes pressure group is planning to take its case for improvements on the notorious A92 north of the town to the Scottish Parliament.

That’s the commitment given by members of the Glenrothes Area Futures Group (GAFG) at their AGM.

The group will renew its campaign in the coming months to bring about substantial changes in design and safety on the one and a half mile stretch of road that has been of particular concern to local motorists and and pedestrians alike for several years.

As well as making the issues surrounding the A92 their priority, GAFG members also outlined other key objectives, most notably redevelopment of the town centre and close monitoring of improvements to Glerothes Hospital following the successful campaign to save the out-of-hours GP service from the threat of closure.

Futures Group member Ron Page told those present that a renewed pressure on the Scottish Government would be needed following Transports Scotland’s recent assessment of the A92 from Preston roundabout to the Balfarg junction “did not identify any interventions to improve these junctions”.

Furthermore, that the transport department assessment concluded that there was “no intention to provide a dual carriageway to this stretch”.

Mr Page added that cuts since 2008 of 96.5 per cent in the Scottish Government’s minor road improvements budget - leaving just £125,000 a year to each of the four regions - added to the problem of moving the issue forward.

“This stretch of A92 is not fit for the 21st century, and as it stands it will take a major vehicle crash or fatality before the Government take our concerns seriously,” Mr Page said.

GAFG is buoyed by the support shown by the Glenrothes Area Committee and will seek to enlist the help of European Parliament representatives.

GAFG say it’s time for the Scottish Government to show they are serious about improving the road infrastructure that will in turn enhance economical benefits for the region.

Improvements to the stretch of A92 close to Glenrothes will be GAFG’s focus, with the ultimate goal of a dual trunk road to Dundee replacing the outdated road network currently in place being a long term desire.

Five A92 ‘hazard’ areas will be the group’s particular focus, including the single lane road from Cadham junction to Balfarg.