THE long and winding Kinghorn Loch road is to become a 40 m.p.h. speed limit from Monday.
A traffic order by Fife Council will see the B923 road which bypasses Kinghorn and comes out at Burntisland Golf Club, skirting the edge of the scenic loch, reduced from the national speed limit.
It is the third road on the outskirts of Kirkcaldy to have its speed limit reduced over the past few months, with the Kirkcaldy to Auchtertool road down to 50 m.p.h. and Kirkcaldy-Kinghorn road now 40.
The reduction in the roads’ speed limits follows guidelines sent out by the Department of Transport and the Scottish Government in 2006 which led to Fife Council reassessing speed limits on all A and B class roads.
Ian Smith, the Council’s lead traffic management officer for mid Fife, said: “The emphasis was on trying to make the new limits more in keeping with what most motorists would be happy driving at on these roads and in these conditions.”
The move has been welcomed by Councillors Susan Leslie and George Kay who both represent Kinghorn.
Councillor Leslie (pictured) said: “I travel this road all the time – often in the dark and rain – and I hope that bringing the speed down will make a difference to safety on the road,” said Councillor Leslie.
“It is not a good road, it has lots of bends and dips and it is badly lit, and there have been lots of accidents on it, so I strongly agree that this is the right thing to do.”
Councillor George Kay described the reduction as “long overdue.”
“It is like the Auchtertool road where people drive too fast on it.
‘’Speedsters tend to use the loch road because the main road is a 40 m.p.h. limit, so hopefully reducing the limit on this road too will have a positive effect.
‘‘It will give us something we can put forward as enforcement for all road users.”