Residents welcome speed calming plan

South Road in Cupar.
South Road in Cupar.

ANTI-speeding campaigners are celebrating after Fife Council agreed to a raft of traffic calming measures in Cupar.

Residents of South Road have been lobbying for a reduced speed limit amid concerns over pedestrian safety — including children walking to and from school.

This week the council unveiled a £40,000 package of measures designed to slow down traffic on the busy main road.

TRAFFIC

Colin Stirling, Fife Council’s traffic management lead professional, said: “I attended a very positive meeting with representatives of the residents group and local councillors last week where we discussed a proposed traffic calming scheme.

“The scheme, which was developed by the council in discussion with residents, includes a part-time 20mph speed limit on a section of South Road, better signing and lining, electronic signs and a give-and-take priority system.

“These measures were well received by those in attendance and I hope they are equally well received by the wider group.”

The part-time 20mph limit will run from the Crichton statue to the Mansfield Bed and Breakfast.

A road-narrowing outcrop offering priority to inbound motorists will be built on the southern approach to Cupar near Knox Gardens.

Other measures include rumblestrips across the road and signs displaying motorists’ speed.

Mr Stirling went on: “While the budget for road safety and traffic calming measures is fully committed for the current financial year, this scheme will be added to the list of schemes assessed for next year’s budget allocation and, subject to committee approval, could start at the beginning of the new financial year.

“The scheme is expected to cost in the region of £40,000 to implement and should have a significant impact on traffic speed.”

A spokesperson for the South Road residents group said: “We are delighted that Fife Council transportation officials have taken the time and trouble to address our concerns.

DELIGHTED

“They have come up with a well thought-out plan for making South Road safer and encouraging drivers to slow down. We are looking forward to having the new measures implemented.”

Councillor Pat Callaghan, Fife Council’s executive spokesperson for transport, added: “I’m delighted to hear of such a positive outcome.

“This is a great example of the council listening to residents and resolving their concerns.

“I’m sure the proposed measures will slow traffic down, which can only improve the safety of local residents and the community as a whole.”