A92 issue gathers pace

A92 summit meeting
A92 summit meeting

Residents campaigning to bring about safety enhancements to a notorious stretch of the A92 in Glenrothes have met with representatives of the Scottish Government.

Members of the Glenrothes Area Futures Group held a ‘summit’ meeting on Monday attended by local politicians including Lindsay Roy MP and David Ross the new leader of Fife Council, as well as Steven Feeney, the road policy manager of Transport Scotland, and Alan Campbell from BEAR Scotland, a service provider in the Scottish roads maintenance sector.

Representatives from the police, including Brenda Sinclair, Fife’s road policing inspector were also present.

Ron Page, from the Futures group said the meeting represented a step forward in the issues surrounding the A92.

“I doubt if we could have had a bigger cross section of people who know the local A92 better, both physically and socially,” he told the Gazette.

“I am sure those present endorse the need for more safety measures and improvements, but it remains to be seen if the crux question is answered with a ‘yes’ when it comes to money for the A92 at Glenrothes and major improvements to junctions north of there.”

Dr Bob Grant, chairman of the Futures Group said: “The A92 is a 20th century road that needs to be updated and brought into the 21st century.

“With a major industry such as Raytheon and the recent £200m investment into the biomass plant at Tullis Russell in the immediate area, we need an safe and proper road network to facilitate the transport those demands.”

Fife Council leader David Ross agreed that the authority will look at the possibility of carrying out a survey of the economic benefits to the Kingdom that major improvements, such as dualling, could bring in a bid to put further pressure on the Scottish Government.

Glenrothes and Central Fife MP Lindsay Roy told the Gazette afterwards: “It was a very useful meeting and we plan to hold another summit after GAFG meets with the MSPs and Keith Brown.

’I will continue to do everything in my power to make this road safer for people in my constituency and elsewhere.”

The Futures group now plans to engage with all Fife MSPs over the issues and will push to secure a meeting with Keith Brown, Scottish Minister for Transport.