Speed limit reduced on notorious A911 ‘race track’

The A911
The A911

Councillors are expected to approve plans to reduce the existing speed limit on a notorious stretch of road on the outskirts of Leslie.

Proposals to reduce the current speed limit of 40mph over the A911 western gateway to the town to 30mph will be discussed when Glenrothes area committee meets today (Wednesday).

Informal consultation between the four ward councillors and members of the police have already taken place, with both parties understood to be in favour of the reduction.

Residents have voiced concerns over inappropriate speeds at this location for a number of years, with one telling the Gazette it was “like a race track for speeding motorists”.

Police enforcement activity has had some impact on the stretch of the A911 close to the cemetery but there were renewed calls for action on spreeding motorists following a series of traffic-related incidents in the town, including the death of Stephen McCann in January 2012.

Councillor Kay Morrison said the proposal made a lot of sense.

She added: “People in Leslie had more than their fair share of unfortunate incidents in recent times. This is all about speed and vehicles travelling too fast and we must do everything we can to improve road safety.”

Jan Wincott, of Leslie Community Council, said: “This was brought to our attention by a number of residents who were concerned by the speed of vehicles entering Leslie from the west.

“This made it difficult for people pulling out of Ramsay Court or Ramsay Gardens because motorists were not beginning to slow down until they reached the 30mph sign.

“This also means cars were approaching the pedestrian traffic lights too fast.”

Residents in Leslie are set to welcome changes following a number of serious incidents in the town in the last two years.

Last year, the pedestrian crossing on Hight Street, adjacent to Murray Place, was raised at a cost of £10,000 in order to slow oncoming traffic, after a woman was knocked down while using the crossing.

The cost of these latest speed reduction measures is estimated in the region of £2000 if they are approved by the committee.