Campaigners are stepping up demands for action on a notorious stretch of the A92 that it’s claimed presents a “cocktail of danger” for drivers.
Long-running concerns about the safety of two junctions in Freuchie came to a head last week with the death of 73-year-old local woman Katherine Armit following a collision between the car in which she was a passenger and a tractor.
The next day, a cyclist was seriously injured and on Tuesday there was yet another accident on the same stretch.
These incidents were the latest in a catalogue of smashes – some fatal – that have blighted the road for years.
Now Freuchie Community Council chairman Patrick Laughlin says it is time to stop prevaricating and take radical action to stop the carnage.
He’s pressing BEAR Scotland to set a date for a meeting that’s been promised for April, and he and other campaigners plan to attend an urgent meeting with Transport Scotland called for by the Glenrothes Area Futures Group in the light of the death of nine-year-old Logan Carrie near Balfarg on February 10.
BEAR Scotland is currently monitoring traffic in Freuchie at the request of the community council, who say that the volume of traffic has increased significantly in recent years, with far more heavy vehicles using it and compromising the safety of residents in the Freuchie Mill area, who have to cross the busy road to access the rest of the village.
“Accidents and near -misses are happening literally on a daily basis,” said Mr Laughlin.
“Some people say that it’s driver behaviour that’s the cause but when you get such a concentration of slow moving and heavy vehicles the actual road must bear a proportion of the blame.
“The A92 was never designed to take such a volume of traffic and when you get such a mix of vehicles it results in a cocktail of danger.
“We’ve had calls for a pedestrian crossing and other measures but now it’s time for much more drastic action.”
The Glenrothes Area Futures Group has consistently campaigned for the A92 to be dualled from Glenrothes nortwards, but Mr Laughlin believes the prospect is “pie in the sky”.
“We need to find more imaginative solutions,” he said.
“The growth of large rural businesses, while welcomed, create a lot of extra traffic and we would like to see measures put in place to dissuade heavy goods vehicles from using the road, including installing graded junctions and roundabouts to discourage them and encouraging them to use the M90 to get through Fife.
“We’d even propose a moratorium on all new developments until the appropriate measures are put in place.”