Spate of crashes prompts fresh calls for A92 action

CLLR David MacDairmid at the dangerous junction at Freuchie in Fife, where numerous accidents have taken place on the busy A92 trunk road. Picture by Steven Brown Photography.
CLLR David MacDairmid at the dangerous junction at Freuchie in Fife, where numerous accidents have taken place on the busy A92 trunk road. Picture by Steven Brown Photography.

Campaigners have vowed to step up demands for further safety measures on a notorious stretch of the A92 near Freuchie, following four accidents in nine days.

The busy trunk road has been the scene of numerous crashes over the years, many of them fatal.

There are bumps and near misses on an almost daily basis

Yet campaigners have expressed their frustration that their repeated calls for improvements seem to have fallen on deaf ears.

Patrick Laughlin, secretary of Freuchie Community Council, said this week that the community had had enough prevarication from the roads authorities and backed the 10-point ‘wishlist’ drawn up by Councillor David MacDiarmid.

Measures called for include:

*A roundabout at the Kettle junction on land that was laid aside in 1986 for this purpose.

*A suitable crossing for pedestrians at the Cross Keys junction.

*A speed reduction for the seven zones that go through Freuchie to 30 mph.

*A Stop sign at the Kettle junction east.

*A reduction in the size of the wall of a property at the Cross Keys junction.

*The cabinet and lighting column to be removed from the Freuchie Mill junction.

*Renewal of the high friction surfacing and road markings, at the Cross Keys junction west.

Signage warning of ‘children crossing’ in both approaches to Freuchie.

In addition, Cllr MacDiarmid wants to see strategically placed lay-bys between Melville Lodges roundabout and the Five Roads roundabout to be used by slow-moving vehicles, in a bid to reduce driver frustration among vehicles stuck behind tractors and HGVs.

He’s also calling for a ‘turn left only’ sign at the Melville Wood landfill site, for agricultural vehicles and HGVs exiting that road, following an accident in January in which a woman was seriously injured.

The latest accident took place on Wednesday morning but was not reported to the police.

“There are bumps and near misses on an almost daily basis but, because many of them go unreported, accident figures are skewed and the roads authorities don’t treat the situation with any sense of urgency,” said Cllr MacDiarmid.

“We have a situation where one part of the village is virtually cut off from the rest because there is no safe way to cross the A92.

“Freuchie is the only community in Fife without safety measures for its residents.

“At the moment, it’s a pretty scary place.”

Cllr MacDiarmid’s proposed action points have been incorporated into a wider A92 Action Plan drawn up by Fife Council that’s currently being considered by BEAR Scotland and Transport Scotland.

This week, he said he’d made ‘modest’ progress by at least securing a meeting with Transport Scotland, although no positive decisions had been made.