New calls for action after latest accident

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CAMPAIGNERS have issued renewed calls for action after another serious accident on a controversial road.

Three people were badly hurt in a two-car smash just north of Freuchie last Wednesday morning.

The accident happened just days after Glenrothes Area Futures Group re-stated its pledge to keep up pressure for improvements to be made to the A92, almost one year after the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland ruled out further action on what ar claimed to be hazardous junctions at Balfarg and Cadham.

The group - which would like to see the section of the road between Glenrothes and the Tay Bridge turned into a dual carriageway - has continued to liaise with road operators BEAR Scotland, Fife Council, community councils in the area and MPs and MSPs.

Ron Page, chairman of GAFG’s A92 group, said: “The meeting we had with Transport and BEAR Scotland in May, after the rejection of the appraisal, was important.

“GAFG has always stated the campaign would continue re improved safety on the A92 at Glenrothes, and this was accepted by Transport and BEAR Scotland, both keen to continue the dialogue.

“Both were keen to improve safety as far as they could.

“We clearly recall the convener of the Scottish Parliament’s petitions committee and the ninister of transport not only congratulating us on the success of the petition and the way it was carried out, but both recognised our campaign would continue.

“GAFG still opines that the A92 from Glenrothes to the Tay Bridge, and especially that section at Glenrothes, is still unfit for purpose, in this the 21st century, and this part of the campaign will continue.”

GARF spearheaded the creation of the A92 Safety Alliance, and one of its constituent community council secretaries said that the future of the road was a “perpetual issue” which was rarely off its agenda.

While not wishing to comment on last week’s accident, Freuchie’s Patrick Laughlin appealed for the powers that be to listen to community’s concerns.

He added: “Everyone who lives in this area knows where the hazardous locations are, but the transport agencies simply come along and do their surveys - they don’t listen to people who live here day in and day out and know these roads well.

“They need to take cognisance of ur views and make this road safer.”

He pointed out that the stretch of the road at Glenrothes and New Inn were the first major section of single carriageway for motorists travelling through Fife from as far away as London, which may be one factor in the number of accidents.

Police are probing the crash, and have appealed for witnesses.