Resident claims new road sign is causing chaos

Iain Duff's car was written off
Iain Duff's car was written off

A Kirkcaldy driver has asked Fife Council to consider moving a new road sign that he believes has contributed to at least one collision on his street.

Iain Duff of Cumbrae Terrace in the town says a new one-way sign that was put up recently is causing problems as drivers are struggling to see it at night.

He claims drivers are swerving to avoid the sign on a daily basis.

And last month Iain was woken up just before 3 a.m. by the sound of a taxi hitting his own car that he had parked outside his house.

“My car was a complete write off,” Iain explained.

“I’ve now received a cheque from the insurance company but by the time I buy the nearest replacement I can find I’m still out of pocket by over £1000.

“I see drivers having to swerve to avoid the new sign on a daily basis.

“They drive down the road, often on the right because of parked cars, and then they suddenly come up against the back of this sign which isn’t illuminated properly.

“All the Council has to do is make it more visible or move it from the road over to the side where cars can’t hit it.

“I’m not objecting to the one-way system, its just the sign that is causing the problems.”

A review of traffic management on Cumbrae Terrace was carried out after concerns were raised that the high demand for parking spaces was causing safety problems.

Letters were sent out to residents to gauge support for various one-way options and the Council said the new system received a good level of support.

Speed surveys were carried out and residents were told that if the new one-way system led to cars increasing their speed, additional traffic calming may be necessary.

It was introduced earlier this year in an attempt to reduce congestion and improve safety.

Fife Council has said it will take time for drivers to get used to the new road layout but they will continue to monitor the situation.

Gary Thomson, service manager for roads lighting said: “An illuminated bollard that was recently knocked down will be repaired today. “We are not aware of any other accidents.

“Following consultation with residents, these traffic control measures were introduced in Cumbrae Terrace at the start of 2013.

“It will take time for residents and the travelling public to become familiar with these arrangements and we are continuing to monitor this traffic management system by means of regular review.”