Cupar roadworks set to begin

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The long-awaited improvements aimed at reducing congestion in Cupar town centre are due to begin this Monday.

It’s hoped that the £1.6 million project - which includes the controversial re-location of the Mercat Cross - will be finished by next summer.

The works include streetscape refurbishment along sections of the Crossgate, Bonnygate Sreet, Catherine Street, East Burnside, Station Road and East Bridge, with pavements being uplifted and re-laid.

A section of road at the former ATS tyre depot, between St Catherine Street and East Bridge will be re-aligned and the carriageway re-surfaced, while pedestrian crossing traffic signals equipment will be added and renewed.

The entrance to Fluthers car park is also to be repositioned.

The work will begin in Crossgate with a five-week project to re-locate the Mercat Cross to the western pavement from its current central position to allow lorries to turn safely into the narrow Bonnygate. Work will then start on the east footpath.

For the duration of the works in the Crossgate, vehicles will only be permitted to exit on to the A91. This will have an impact on bus services and revised bus timetables will be advertised at affected bus stops and copies of the revised timetables will be available in the Local Office and Library prior to the works starting.

After works are completed in the Crossgate, works will progress on to the Bonnygate, St Catherine Street, East Bridge, East Burnside, East Bridge and finally Station Road.

A temporary traffic order is to be published shortly detailing proposed temporary road closures, one way restrictions, bans on turning manoeuvres and parking restrictions required at various stages throughout the contract.

Fife Council’s executive spokesperson for transport and environment, Councillor Pat Callaghan, said: “The residents and businesses of Cupar have been seeking an alternative to the signalised junctions through Cupar for a number of years and I am delighted that we are delivering a scheme which meets their aspirations.

“I am also pleased that we have the opportunity to undertake streetscape improvements as part of this project using high quality natural materials which will make the town centre attractive to both residents and visitors.”

The contract will be carried out by Irish-based civil engineers Wills Brothers, whose construction manager, Jonathan Wills, said: “  While a certain level of disruption will be inevitable, Wills Bros will endeavour to mitigate the impact the works will have on the local community and are confident that, working in harmony with the local stakeholders, that a quality product will be delivered which will be of huge long term benefit to the town.”

 Councillor Margaret Kennedy commented: “I am delighted that we are now in a position to know how the road improvements will be delivered. There will a very complicated traffic management system being put in place as each part of the works progresses. We will all need to support each other through this time.”