Family’s call for action and answers after A92 tragedy

Robert Brown visits the site where his grandson Logan Carrie age 9 was killed in an accident on the A92 while he was walking home.
Robert Brown visits the site where his grandson Logan Carrie age 9 was killed in an accident on the A92 while he was walking home.

The grandfather of Logan Carrie, the Cadham youngster tragically killed on the A92 last month, has told the Gazette he has visited the scene of fatal accidents on numerous occasions, but is still no nearer to understanding what happened.

The nine-year-old died after being struck by a car travelling north around tea-time on February 10.

Robert Brown, who lives in Dunfermline, met with the Gazette this week at the stretch of A92 in Glenrothes close to where Logan was killed to highlight the safety concerns and urgent improvements he says are vital if no more lives are to be lost.

With the family still unclear as to how Logan found himself on the A92 that evening - he had been seen playing at the basketball court close to his home - and with the police confirming it could be a year or even longer before the findings of an investigation are known, Mr Brown has found himself returning the scene trying desperately to piece together the events of that evening.

“We just can’t understand why he was here,” Mr Brown told the Gazette.

“But with a clear opening from through bushes and no fence or wall stopping pedestrians from accessing the unpaved side of the A92, it’s clear this is used as a regular cut-through point straight onto the busy road. We think Logan could have got through at this point.”

It’s frightening just how fast some of these vehicles are going

Robert Brown

With the opening just yards from the scene of the accident where police markings along the tarmac are still clearly visible, Mr Brown quietly surveyed the scene which has changed the lives of his family for ever.

He is now calling for an immediate review of the stretch along the Cadham side of the trunk road and all access points to be fully blocked off.

With the speed limit along this particular stretch being set at 50mph, it’s instantly clear that as we stand just a few feet away from the road that many of the vehicles are travelling much faster.

“It’s frightening just how fast some of these vehicles are going,’’ he said.

‘‘There is a real risk to anyone wanting to cross this road. We are now calling for a flyover crossing of some sort to be installed.’’

He has now written to Keith Brown, Scottish Cabinet Secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities in which he states: “While it is too late to stop our grief, we are writing to urge you to take drastic action to improve safety on the A92. This is desperately needed to help stop any other families from experiencing the loss that we have suffered.”

Mr Brown has also complained vehemently to BEAR Scotland seeking an explanation why 15 street lights were found to be unlit or not working at 6.30 p.m. when he visited the stretch of road a week ago.

Responding to Mr Brown’s complaint Alan Campbell, traffic and road safety manager, said that although the control cabinets which light up the street lamps operate within the time required by the current standards, they have now tweaked the timings to make activation in this area as consistent as possible.

Mr Brown is now urging as many people as possible to attend the A92 public meeting being held at the Lomond Centre on March 25.

Futures Group: Action plan will bolster the case for safety improvements

Organisers of a second closed-door summit meeting on a notorious stretch of the A92 in Glenrothes say an action plan will now be drawn up to highlight local concerns.

Glenrothes and Area Futures Group (GAFG) met last Wednesday with representatives from Transport Scotland, Bear Scotland, Fife Council, police and local community groups - and all agreeed to their ongoing commitment improving the busy stretch of trunk road north of the town.

With a further public meeting to be held next week, BEAR Scotland said there was an accident reduction plan with 21 points of improvements covering the years from 2013 to 2015. It will be forwarded to GAFG in time for the public event.

It said that collisions and accidents were chiefly random and normally did not require any further major road safety improvement.

Nevertheless, several recent improvements including those implemented at Bankhead roundabout as well as continuing discussions with Freuchie Community Council regarding junctions in their are were seen as positives.

But doubts still remain over the long-term possibility of the A92 ever being dualled, since Transport Scotland representatives reminded those in attendance that a full appraisal and strategic review in Fife in 2011 had stated that any such move was disproportionate to the need for increased safety.

They added that dualling the A92 was not a justified priority of the Government and no statistics since had proved otherwise.

That comment was in stark contrast to the heightened concern now being voiced publicly from residents in the region following a series of fatal accidents which culminated in the death of nine-year-old Cadham youngster Logan Carrie on February 10.

Ron Page,GAFG convener, said it had been a useful meeting and a good reappraisal of the situation.

He added: “The five hazards outlined by North Glenrothes Community Council some years ago and adopted by GAFG still remain in spite of Transport and BEAR Scotland improvements here and there, including the Balfarg and Cadham junctions, the A92 from Cadham to Balfarg, Tullis Russell to Preston roundabouts and the A92 north of Glenrothes towards the Tay Bridge.”

Mr Page said the group was delighted to have the support of Fife Council which has backed its arguments in respect to safety and economically.

The public meeting is at the Lomond Centre on Wednesday, March 25 from 7.00 p.m.