IT’S only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed at a crossing on a Kirkcaldy road.
That’s the view of driving instructor Gus MacKenzie who believes the poorly planned road layout in front of the Aldi superstore on Ferrard Road will result in tragedy.
Mr MacKenzie (46) said drivers are pulling out of the junction at the store without properly checking to the left and right and this has led to a number of near crashes.
He said: “Cars are coming out of that junction at Aldi and they are not taking into consideration traffic coming from the left. There is a yellow box at that junction and cars should not be going into it unless their exit is clear but that’s what a lot of them are doing.
“The traffic lights are at red at the nearby pedestrian crossing and cars are just pulling out and driving right through.
“The other morning there were two schoolgirls who were walking across the crossing and they had to take a sharp step back as a car just drove straight through.
“Drivers are taking too many chances but it is down to the poorly planned layout of the road.
“Drivers coming from the roundabout are having to cross zig zag lines which they are not supposed to do.
“They are just zooming through red lights and this has been a problem ever since that crossing was put in.”
Mr MacKenzie added: “I contacted the police about this but they said I had to phone the Council as it is a transportation issue.
“It’s just a matter of time before there is a serious accident.”
Ian Smith, mid-Fife lead officer, traffic management, Fife Council, said: “The crossing has been in position since 2004, but as part of the subsequent construction of the Aldi store the junction width was increased and the crossing was moved closer to the roundabout.
“This has resulted in a shorter lane for traffic turning right at the roundabout.
“While this is a busy pedestrian crossing especially in the morning peak, an analysis of the police crash records since 2005 shows that, at the crossing, there are no pedestrian casualties recorded and one slight injury shunt crash in 2009 involving a car stopped at the crossing.”
He added: “The good safety record to date however gives no room for complacency, but equally there can be no justification for drivers breaking the law and either not giving way when exiting Ferrard Road or not stopping at a red light on the crossing.”