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KIRKCALDY;'B935 Kirkcaldy - Auchtertool road'photo; WALTER NEILSON
KIRKCALDY;'B935 Kirkcaldy - Auchtertool road'photo; WALTER NEILSON
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A RURAL Fife road which has claimed the lives of four young people over the past four years will have a lower speed limit from next week.

From Monday the B925 Kirkcaldy to Auchtertool road will be restricted to a 50 mph limit.

It currently has a 60 mph national speed limit.

The move has been welcomed by a local councillor who says he hopes the change will help to reduce the number of accidents.

Fife Council took out a traffic order to lower the speed limit on the road in March on the grounds of the road’s alignment, crash record and current speed levels.

The move came just a month after young Kirkcaldy man Adam Vallot, (21), lost his life after being involved in a collision with a Land Rover on the road on February 20.

And three other men aged between 20 and 21 years were killed after the car in which they were travelling hit a tree on the road in August, 2007.

Councillor George Kay, representative for Kirkcaldy west, Kinghorn and Burntisland and chairman of the police, fire and safety committee of Fife Council, welcomed the move this week.

“I am pleased that we are starting to recognise the need for these safety measures around our village roads,” he said.

“This road, like many others, is dangerous not because of the road itself but because of the speed people, particularly young people, insist on driving on it.

‘‘Hopefully the reduction of the speed limit will help to reduce the number of accidents.

‘‘We have to do all that we can to try to make our roads safer.”

He said that further speed limit reductions on the Kinghorn to Kirkcaldy road and on the Kinghorn Loch road, which will both be restricted to 40 mph, were set to follow.