An ‘accident waiting to happen ...’

David Taylor at the crossing
David Taylor at the crossing

Angry residents in Cardenden say that a new pedestrian crossing on the main street is an accident waiting to happen.

They claim that putting the crossing between two sharp bends on the busy road gives motorists little time to stop, particularly if they are coming downhill.

And they also say there was no consultation prior to it being installed, so they could have voiced their concerns before it went ahead.

However in response, Ian Smith from Fife Council’s transportation department, said the plans for a new crossing had been in the pipeline for the past three years. And he said it was always the authority’s policy to put crossings in places where people were in the habit of using, or else they would not be used.

Voicing his concerns to the Press this week, David Taylor, secretary of the Cardenden and Kinglassie Community Council said he was speaking for lots of local residents when he said the new crossing, which is due to be completed by the end of the week, was “in a very dangerous place.”

“It is right in the middle of a double bend that motorists are coming round blind, and there is very little distance once you come round the corners. Lots of people have voiced their concerns.

“We were not consulted on this or we would have told them it was the wrong spot to put it on.”

And asking others in the village what they thought all drew negative responses.

Gary Lumsden (32), from Cardenden, said it was a “stupid place.”

“There are corners on either side and some drivers speed down the hill, so it is dangerous.

“There are already pedestrian islands on each side of the crossing where you can at least see round the corners, so I think people will just keep using them.”

Maureen Heggie (60), who has been a lollipop lady in Cardenden for 27 years, said: “Everyone is complaining about this crossing because it’s in the wrong place. I think the islands are enough and this is a waste of money.”

Leanne Wilson (36), said: “I won’t be using it. I think someone is going to get hit by a car coming too fast round the corner. They can put up signs, but lots of people don’t notice them.”

Ian Smith, lead traffic management officer with Fife Council, said: “This has been planned for over three years now, and the idea behind most crossings is that we put them where people tend to cross because if we move it elsewhere they will continue from habit.

“We are putting in anti skid surfaces and warning signs and we will monitor the crossing to see if any additional safety measures are needed.”