Tailbacks at roadworks bring west end of Kirkcaldy to a halt

Traffic queued at the roadworks

Traffic queued at the roadworks

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Drivers entering Kirkcaldy from the west end during rush hour yesterday (Wednesday) were caught in traffic chaos at a major junction.

Large queues were reported at the Fourways junction at Invertiel where roadworks associated with the new Morrisons supermarket have seen Bridge Street closed off since early July.

Work at the roundabouts has been ongoing in recent weeks, but the culmination of everyone returning to school and work following the summer break meant traffic at the junction was particularly heavy as people tried to get to their destinations on time.

At one stage yesterday morning, traffic coming from Kinghorn and Burntisland was tailed right back along Kinghorn Road to the railway bridge at East Vows Walk.

Drivers have expressed their frustration over the delays in particular because signs at the site stated that roadworks would be taking place there from July 8 for four weeks - a time period that has passed.

However, Fife Council has confirmed to the Press this week that the road closure and diversion via the Esplanade and Nicol Street will continue until Monday, August 26.

Bridge Street is a key artery in the town’s road network for those coming from Kinghorn and Burntisland and heading towards Balwearie High and the West and Strathallan primary schools.

One driver who contacted The Press after being caught in the lengthy queues said: “The yellow sign said they were going to be there from July 8 for four weeks.

“That time has passed. So has a full calendar month.

“Bridge Street is still closed and now that the schools are back, the massive tailbacks are ridiculous.

“It’s a total shambles and a safety worry, as people will start doing things they shouldn’t do.”

Mark Barrett, the Council’s lead officer for transportation development management in south Fife, said: “Work to convert the existing Fourways Junction from a double mini-roundabout to a signal controlled junction and the formation of a new vehicular access on the Esplanade are being carried out by Optimisation Developments Limited.

“This is to accommodate the traffic generated by the new Morrison’s store and includes diversions to an existing public utilities plant.

“The road works will take 16 weeks to complete and I am advised by the main contractor, Raynesway Construction, that it is on schedule with Bridge Street expected to be open by Monday, August 26 and all road works completed by Monday, September 16.”

Concerns had also been raised over whether school bus operators had been informed of the closures, but this is something which the Council said had definitely been done.