One-way enforcement move on Kirkcaldy street

Signs at the bottom of Tolbooth Street
Signs at the bottom of Tolbooth Street

New signs have been put in place to stop motorists from breaking traffic laws by driving the wrong way up a one-way street in Kirkcaldy.

The move comes after drivers have been continually ignoring the no entry signs and travelling from the Esplanade up Tolbooth Street to access the High Street.

Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy area committee, said the issue has been raised at meetings of Kirkcaldy’s Ambitions Group and Kirkcaldy4All many times and now action is being taken.

He told The Press the new signs were put up at the bottom of Tolbooth Street on Friday afternoon.

He said: “Tolbooth Street is a one-way road at all times and is a way for vehicles to leave the High Street directly onto the Esplanade.

“But for some time drivers have been coming off the Esplanade and up Tolbooth Street - either oblivious to the no entry signs or simply ignoring them.

‘‘I have asked the new police chief inspector Nicola Shepherd to support us by taking enforcement action against these lawbreakers who would be caught and identified on the town centre CCTV system.”

Cllr Crooks said within 10 minutes of the sign being put out on Friday, it was reported that a driver approached, got out of his vehicle and moved the sign before proceeding up the one-way road!

He added: “Hopefully that incident will have been recorded on CCTV and the offender will be dealt with.

“These drivers are not only breaking the law, they are endangering pedestrians and other drivers who may be legitimately using Tolbooth Street to exit the High Street onto the Esplanade.”

Scott Christie, Fife Council transportation technician engineer, said: “It is a one-way street and the no entry signs were being ignored so we put these additional signs in.

‘‘No traffic is allowed onto the pedestrianised zone in the High Street between noon and 5.00 p.m. daily except Tuesdays and Sundays and so the only groups which should be travelling down Tolbooth Street are blue badge holders, residents with permits and service vehicles.”

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We are aware of this. Anyone who breaches the Road Traffic Act can be expected to be dealt with accordingly.”

Contact the police

Anyone who witnesses any vehicle being driven up Tolbooth Street the wrong way is asked to report it to the police.

Cllr Crooks said: “I would encourage anyone who witnesses any vehicle being driven up Tolbooth Street the wrong way to note the vehicle type and number plate and report it to the police for action.”