Bid to cut accident toll on Standing Stane Rd

The Standing Stane Road
The Standing Stane Road

Work to reduce the number of crashes on one of Fife’s busiest routes has been given the green light.

A range of safety measures on the A915 Standing Stane Road, which connects Kirkcaldy with Levenmouth and the East Neuk, got the go-ahead from councillors at Kirkcaldy Area Committee.

The move comes after Levenmouth Area Committee approved the proposals at its meeting in January.

The route has been highlighted as a priority for action after an investigation by Fife Council’s transport team found the Standing Stane Road had a higher than average number of incidents.

In a report, Steve Sellars, road safety lead professional, said the investigation involved an in-depth review of the route with accidents recorded - and their causes.

It was noted there were four junctions or roundabouts identified on the road where over 50 per cent of the accidents saw drivers/passengers’ injuries or vehicle damage had occurred.

These are the B930 Percival Road Junction, the C35 Checkbar Road Junction, the Wellsgreen Golf Range Junction and the B932 Cameron Roundabout.

Mr Sellars said: “Many showed similar causes with drivers misjudging when they, or another vehicle, is undertaking a turning manoeuvre into or out of the junction.

‘‘A significant part of the proposal is aimed at improving visibility.”

He recommended the Checkbar Road Junction have signing upgraded and its junction visibility improved; Wellsgreen Junction signing and junction visibility improved with a larger tourist sign post at its entrance and that the Percival Road to Cameron Roundabout and Percival Road Junction speed limits reduced to 40mph.

Cllr George Kay asked about the timescale for carrying out the works.

He said: “This committee has passed other TROs (traffic regulation orders) almost a year ago and we still don’t see them in operation. I really do feel I have to ask when are we going to see this happen?”

Mr Sellars said: “We hope to get the detailed design done in the next month, so it will be late summer or autumn we will be implementing this on the ground.”