Campaigners delight at 20 mph

Local Time for Twenty Group celebrating the award of the 20mph zone in Largo Road, Lundin Links
Local Time for Twenty Group celebrating the award of the 20mph zone in Largo Road, Lundin Links

A local group campaigning for better road safety measures throughout Lundin Links has spoken of its delight after councillors approved a 20mph limit throughout the village.

The Time for Twenty group was set up in response to a number of accidents on Largo Road and had called for a reduction in the limit from 30mph to 20mph.

The changes will cover an area from the junction of Largo Road and Crescent Road right along to the War Memorial - and works could be complete before the endof the financial year in April 2015.

Heather Paterson from Time for Twenty, said: “We are extremely pleased that Fife Council has listened to the community and agreed to a permanent 20 mph speed limit.

“This will make the road safer for all road users especially children and those with reduced mobility.”

Through its own research, the group found that the road is used by over 12,000 vehicles including around 400 lorries and HGVs daily.

Speed test data showed that around 47 per cent of motorists have driven at speeds over the 30 mph limit, and there has been 42 recorded incidents involving vehicles in the last five years.

“Our research, using Freedom of Information statistics, also highlighted the accidents which take place at the periphery of the village so it is hoped that serious consideration will be given to slowing the traffic entering the village,” said Heather.

She added: “A huge thank you to those who supported the campaign especially the 300 residents who signed the petition and Councillor Alistair Hunter and Councillor Tom Adams who backed the campaign.”

The budget for the work has been set at £50-60,000, which includes additional electronic ‘Your Speed’ signs and an anti skid surface.

Colin Stirling, traffic management lead professional admitted that the decision to reduce the limit on Largo Road, was “the exception rather than the rule” because of its status as an A road. But the decision had been made because of the wealth of support from the local community.

It was noted that in conjunction with the 20 mph limit, further traffic calming measures, “most likely in the form of speed cushions”, would need to be installed to ensure effectiveness of the limit change.

However, this caused debate among councillors, who questioned whether speed cushions were the right form of infrastructure on the road.

Councillor David Alexander said: “In my experience, transportation doesn’t do all of the work at once, and I’m not convinced that speed cushions are needed.”

Cllr Alistair Hunter congratulated Time for Twenty on a “focused and respectful” campaign, but he too questioned the need for speed cushions, and asked whether the installation could be delayed until after planned resurfacing works were carried out on Largo Road next year.

“This could provide an opportunity to see how the signs and the speed limit reduction affects drivers, before we start putting bits of tar down that no-one wants.”

He also suggested the installation of road-side parking so as to narrow the road as an alternative.

Mr Stirling assured members that following the limit reducation, Fife Council would carry out post-work surveys to determine the effectiveness of the changes.