ACTION needed ON A92

Accident on A92 near Freuchie.
Accident on A92 near Freuchie.

CAmpAIGNERS have issued a new demand for action after another serious accident on the A92.

Three people were badly hurt in a two car accident just north of Freuchie on Wednesday morning.

A 30-year-old woman who suffered serious head injuries was taken to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy, and later transferred to the Western General Infirmary in Edinburgh where her condition yesterday morning (Thursday) was described as ‘critical’.

The other woman, aged 49, and a 36-year-old man were taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee where their condition was said to be ‘serious’.

The accident involving a blue Mazda and a blue Toyota Yaris happened at around 9.15am.

According to Freuchie Community Council, concern over the number of serious accidents on the A92 between Freuchie and Ladybank has grown to such an extent that not a month goes by when the subject is not high on the agenda.

Secretary Patrick Laughlin said the community group - along with Giffordtown Community Council - has been involved in meetings with the Glenrothes Area Futures Group which is campaigning to have the A92 north of Glenrothes dualled.

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Although he could not comment on the circumstances surrounding this week’s accident Mr Laughlin said road safety was a ‘perpetual issue’ and called for transport authorities to start listening to communities’ concerns.

“As recently as its meeting last Wednesday, Freuchie Community Council discussed concerns about the road with specific reference being made to two junctions that lead from the A92 into the village, not far from where I believe this week’s accident occured.

“We have been in contact with BEAR Scotland which maintains the trunk road but have been told they do not perceive it to be a high risk area.

“They are very reluctant to embark on any engineering solutions between New Inn and Ladybank where there has sadly been a high number of serious accidents and fatalities.

“Everyone who lives in this area knows where the hazardous locations are but the transport authorities simply come along and do their surveys; they don’t listen to people who live here day in day out and know these roads well.

“They need to take more cognisance of our views and make this road safer.”

Mr Laughlin added: “There has been speculation that some accidents may be due to the fact that the A92 from New Inn is, with the exception of a short stretch in Glenrothes, the first major piece of single carriageway for motorists travelling through Fife from as far afield as London.

“We are hopeful that Transport Scotland will go ahead with new signage on the approach to New Inn to warn motorists of the change in carriageway.”

Fife Police have appealed for witnesses to Wednesday’s accident to come forward.

Chief Inspector Adrian Annandale, head of road policing, said: “We are investigating the cause of this crash and I would appeal to anyone who may have seen the collision, or the immediate aftermath, or anyone who was in this area about 9.15am on Wednesday, and may have seen either vehicle, to contact the police on 0845 600 5702.”