A92 concerns must be taken seriously

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Campaigners calling for safety improvements to one of the country’s worst roads have a crunch meeting with the Scottish Transport Minister next week.

Members of the Glenrothes Area Futures Group (GAFG) will travel to Holy rood to present their case for a major upgrade of the A92 north of Glenrothes to Derek Mackay.

The group has the backing of Fife Council, which has produced a report bolstering claims that investment in the busy stretch of trunk road would bring huge potential economic benefits to the region.

A detailed report outlining a range of safety improvements will also be discussed in an attempt to make the new Transport Minister aware of the issues.

In the last decade, according to Transport Scotland statistics, the road has has been the scene of more than 1700 accidents of which there were 17 fatalities and 469 casualties, of which 74 were deemed serious.

A number of community groups closely associated to the A92 have come together as pressure grows for action to to be taken.

However improvements will depend on the financial backing of the Scottish Government, a hurdle that Ron Page, convener of the campaign group said would be a difficult one to overcome.

“It’s about money and Transport Scotland has already outlined the costs of the various proposals. We need promises and some real action,” he added.

“We have a compelling case backed up by the support of many communities and it’s time the concerns were listened to fully. We cannot go on as we are.”

Estimated costs for short-term actions that could save lives:

Balfarg junction

Suggested closure of Balfarg central reservation gap(s) - £20,000

Roundabout construction - £2.5million

New Inn roundabout

High friction surfacing to southbound exit - £20,000

Freuchie

Roundabout construction - £2 million

Pedestrian crossing - £40,000

Speed limit reduced to 30mph - £2,000

Cadham junction

High friction surfacing - £25,000

Signalisation - £80,000