Emotional plea as A92 campaign gathers pace

Pic: George McLuskie
Pic: George McLuskie

The grandfather of Logan Carrie, the youngster killed on the A92 last month, fought back tears as made a plea for urgent safety improvements at a packed public A92 campaign meeting last night.

Sat just a few feet away from Transport Scotland and BEAR Scotland representitives who are responsible for the safety of the notorious stretch of trunk road north of Glenrothes, Robert Brown asked “What price is the life of a nine-year-old boy? We have to make things safer”.

What price is the life of a nine-year-old boy? We have to make things safer.

Robert Brown

His wife Alice emotionally added: “Anything that can be done to prevent someone else going through what our family has gone through has got to be a step in the right direction.”

The family joined around 70 others including members from a number of community councils as well as several local politicians at a public meeting arranged by The Glenrothes Area Futuress Group (GAFG) as they step up their campaign for improved safety on the A92.

Bob McLellan, Fife Council’s head of transport said recent tragic events on the stretch of road has “ brought the issue of safety back to the top of the agenda”.

He indicated there had been to date 1701 incidents on the A92 in the last decade with 17 fatal accidents as well as further 74 deemed “serious”.

He also outlingned potential costings for various forms of improvements, but added that a full dualling of the A92 to Dundee was unlikely as it would need an investment of between £600-£750 million.

Among the proposals favoured is an introduction of rouandabouts at Balfarg, Freuchie and Ladybank junctions - a move that would cost an estimated £6.5 million.

Freuchie Community Council secretary Patrich Laughlin highlighted statistics that suggested every road fatality cost the country £1.6 million, adding that the incidents witnessed on the A92 in the last six weeks alone would have more than paid for the introduction of the three roundabouts.

The introduction of permenant speed cameras and the possiblility of pedestrian flyovers were also suggested by several individuals.

David Nelson from Auchmuty and Dovecot Tenants Association said: “Why not put camera’s in place for a trial period, it will reduce speed and be a deterrant for drivers.

“The government are responsible for the road and everyone in Fife should be pushing them to do more to find the money, it shouldn’t have to come down to people’s lives.”

David Ross, leader of Fife Council reiterated the administration’s absolute commitment to the campaign adding that a recent report indicated an economic benefits to the whole region should the A92 be upraded.

“There is a Scottish election coming up in 2016 and this is the right time to persuade whoever forms the next government at Holyrood to ensure the A92 is a priority and that they need to provide us with the money we need.”

Dr Bob Grant, chairman of the Futures Group said they would now take all the ideas expressed and formulate an action plan to move the issue forward.