A TWO month Lomond Quarry traffic rerouting trial has been introduced in a bid to reduce HGV traffic passing the children’s play park in Leslie.
HGVs travelling to Lomond Quarry from the East of Leslie hasve resumed using the Town Hall Brae on a trial basis.
This will exclude articulated lorries that are felt to be too big for that corner.
The trial is to see if these lorries can safely use this route without causing disruption in the town.
It’s hoped the move will reduce the volume of HGV traffic on the High Street between the Town Hall and Murray Place, and similarly reduce the traffic past the children’s play park in the Back Braes.
Leslie Community Council temporary chairman, Jan Wincott told the Gazette: “This is the result of discussions we have had with the quarry operator and Fife Council Transportation Department at the Lomond Quarry Liaison Committee meetings.
“We have taken this action because of the complaints we received from local people after the HGV routing was changed last year to put two-way traffic on the Back Braes road.
She added: “This change resulted in an instant doubling of HGVs past the play park and skate park, and also caused two-way quarry traffic to pass on the narrow stretch of the High Street between the Town Hall and Murray Place.”
“This trial returns approximately half of the traffic travelling to the quarry to the original route that was used before 2012 so hopefully this will alleviate some of the problems that people have been concerned about. “
If the trial is proved to be a success it’s anticipated the rerouting changes will be adopted permanentlty.
The Community Council is also interested to hearfrom local residents with their observations and feedback on the trial and how effectivly they feel it is working to ease congestion within the community.
The managing director of the Skene Group, Neil Skene confirmed that the company has been operating a new exit and entrance route at the quarry in Leslie.
Mr Skene told the Gazette: “We decided to trial a new route for the lorries after requests from the community were raised at the liaison group that meets regularly to discuss issues involving the quarry in Leslie.
“We are delighted the new route has proved to be popular with the community and we intend to continue using it.
“This company takes its responsibilities to employees, the communities where we operate and the environment very seriously and will always consider reasonable requests from the local community.”
Residents can register their views with community councillors via their website at www.lesliecommunitycouncil.org/blog/.