More talks on bid to improve A92

Balfarg junction on the A92 at Glenrothes
Balfarg junction on the A92 at Glenrothes

Campaigners fighting for the upgrading of a busy Fife road met with local politicians to discuss the matter last week.

As part of the more political aspect of the Glenrothes Area Futures Group’s (GAFG) A92 campaign, four office bearers met with Fife MSPs Tricia Marwick, Claire Baker, Jayne Baxter and Alex Rowley last Tuesday.

The chief reason for the meeting was to discuss the letter recently received by GAFG from the Chief Executive Officer of Transport Scotland stating that the dualling of the A92 was not on any agenda.

Ron Page, GAFG’s A92 convener, explained that all four MSPs accepted there would be no dualling for some years, even although they all also agreed with GAFG that the Fife and Scottish roads infrastructure was severely lacking.

He said that Mrs Marwick stated her concern about the A92 had always focused on the safety issues - as did the concern of the Futures Group.

However, now that Fife Council has come on board with support for the A92 campaign via its concern with economic development, she urged the GAFG to tie in with this as well as the safety issue.

The office bearers agreed and stated they were hoping for a meeting with Fife Council in April.

Mr Page said the futures group stated their intention to seek a meeting with Transport Scotland and BEAR Scotland to clarify their ‘short term measures’.

Mr Page told the Gazette: “This was a useful meeting with our Fife MSPs.

“They all agreed to continue their support of the A92 campaign for a substantially improved Fife A92 and also to keep the Fife A92 on the agenda of the Scottish Parliament at every opportunity - also on that of the SESPlan and Tayplan strategic authorities.

“Meanwhile we shall continue to do our utmost regarding safety measures more locally.”

Speaking after the meeting, Ms Baker said: “I’ve pushed for improvements to the A92 since I was first elected and had previously called for the economic argument to be made alongside safety.

“I am pleased that Fife Council are looking into making the economic case for upgrading the road and following the positive meeting with GAFG I hope that we can all work together in finding a solution.”