A92 still top of the agenda

A92 approaching the Bankhead roundabout in Glenrothes
A92 approaching the Bankhead roundabout in Glenrothes

Glenrothes councillor Altany Craik has met the Fife Council’s head of transportation to discuss the ongoing problems at junctions joining the A92.

The meeting with Dr Bob McLellan comes ahead of a visit from Transport Scotland next month when the need to find a pedestrian friendly crossing of the main roads at the Bankhead Roundabout will be top of the agenda.

Ongoing issues such as the safety concerns for drivers joining and leaving the A92 at the junctions with Cadham Road and Western Avenue were also discussed.

Councillor Craik said: “On Friday I visited a number of transportation issues in the Glenrothes area with Cllr Pat Callaghan and Dr Bob McLellan.

“It was productive to highlight some of the local issues that exist and need attention.

“We spent some time discussing the difficulties on the Cadham and Balfarg junctions and how we can take these forward with Transport Scotland, whose responsibility these remain.

“We also discussed the movement of lorries on the roads, in and around our area, and how these could be more effectively managed. Traffic surveys will be organised soon.

“Furthermore, we agreed to ensure that the foliage around road signs be cut back to make sure that the road signs are visible to road users.

“We also had a detailed discussion of some of the traffic calming measures that are in place and agreed to look at these in response to 
complaints from some residents.

“Bankhead roundabout was also discussed in terms of looking for pedestrian friendly solutions to crossing the main roads there and this will be the focus of a Transport Scotland visit next month.”

A long-awaited report on the safety of the A92 at Glenrothes was published last year by Transport Scotland.

It concluded that no potential options had been identified for further consideration and development in relation to five specific identified hazards on the notorious stretch of road.

The study followed years of active campaigning by local politicians and the Glenrothes Area Futures Group who are concerned at the number of accidents and fatalities on the road.

Long term problems with road

A paper produced by three local community councils identified five specific issues with the A92 adjacent to Glenrothes.

The junction at Western Avenue was identified as a hazard to motorists travelling south or travelling north from the junction at the new Tofthill housing estate.

Drivers attempting to join the A92 from Cadham Road are having to cross or join lanes of fast moving traffic.

The stretch of road between the Preston and new Tullis Russell roundabouts is a single lane road between two short dual carriageways where traffic inevitably has to slow down.

Speed restrictions on the winding, single lane north of the Tullis Russell has no safe pedestrian crossing.

The lack of a dual carriageway from Glenrothes to the Tay Bridge causes safety problems and hampers economic development.