Calls for Scottish Transport Minister Derek Mackay to make investments in the A92 a priority have received the backing of Fife Council.
Robert Brown, the grandfather of nine-year-old Cadham youngster Logan Carrie, who was killed on the A92 in February, was in the council chamber to hear the motion from by Glenrothes councillor Altany Craik calling for the Scottish Government to commit “significant investment to improving the road”.
Too often, perhaps, we don’t realise that these tragedies are our ownCllr Altany Craik
In an impassioned appeal, Mr Craik asked fellow councillors: “How often have we driven past the roadside shrines denoting another tragedy?”
“Too often football tops, scarves and flowers are left at the roadside, too often we drive past thankful that it’s not one of our own.
“Too often, perhaps, we don’t realise that these tragedies are our own.
“They are happening to our people.”
Seconded by Dunfermline councillor Billy Pollock, Cllr Craik also highlighted the Council’s recent economic report which states that the economic benefit of improving the A92 would be greater than the cost of the road.
“That is around three quarters of a billion pounds. This alone should bring a sharpened focus to the A92,” he said.
“We are elected members, civic leaders, community spokesmen and we can no longer stand by and accept the answer no from those in whose gift it lies to make changes.”
An amendment from the SNP group calling for the Council to await the completion of reassessment report on the A92 by Transport Scotland and for subsequent cross-party talks with the Transport Minister was rejected, and Cllr Craik’s motion passed by 41 votes to 21.
Afterwards Mr Brown said he was disappointed it had needed to go to a vote, and added that he was heartened by the pressure now being put on the Scottish Government.
Group welcomes support as the campaign gathers momentum
The group spearheading the campaign for improvements has welcomed the commitment.
Ron Page, convener of the A92 campaign for the Glenrothes Area Futures Group, said: “We are delighted to hear that councillors across all political parties are backing our demands for reform of the A92.
“Their contact with the Scottish Transport Minister Derek Mackay will help to reaffirm the contact we have already with him and predecessor Keith Brown.
“We have already requested a meeting with the minister as soon as is possible once our action plan for improvements is completed, which will be soon.”
The Futures Group is currently working with Fife Council’s head of transportation, Bob McLellan, to create an action plan.