The head of transport in Scotland has visited the A92 today (Tuesday), to see for himself the site where nine-year-old Glenrothes youngster Logan Carrie was tragically killed earlier this year.
Scottish Transport Minister Derek Mackay, accompanied by senior Transport Scotland and BEAR Scotland officials, was there at the request of Logan’s family who wanted to show the Minister the dangers and safety concerns the busy trunk road poses.
Logan became the 17th A92 fatality in the last decade when he was killed while attempting to cross the road in February.
Since then, the boy’s grandfather Robert Brown has campaigned vigorously for a safe pedestrian crossing to be installed and for a complete rethink of safety policy on what is now regarded as one of the worst stretches of road in Scotland.
Mr Mackay listened intently while lorries thundered past as Mr Brown described how his grandson had accessed the road via well-worn gaps in the fencing and the anguish his family had suffered since his death.
The Minister had already told family when they met at Holyrood two weeks ago that he felt more needed to be done to improve safety on the A92, despite Transport Scotland’s continued stance that the statistics don’t support the need for an overhaul of A92 safety provision.
There have been over 1700 accidents on the A92 in the last decade, representing an incident every 15 days for the last 10 years.
Mr Mackay said the visit had brought into focus the concerns raised by the family, the community and campaigners in recent months.
“My immediate assessment is there is room for a better crossing point, so we need to look at the options to see how that can be delivered,” said the Minister.
“It seems to be that there is a need for a safe crossing point that addresses the other gaps in the fence, a formal place to cross.
“Because of space, a large structure may not be possible or justified because of the numbers but the need for a crossing point appears to me to be necessary.”
The Minister also confirmed he would continue to assess the wider and more long-term issues such as the concerns over Balfarg junction and New House Inn roundabout and said he was awaiting the completion of Fife Council’s report into possible solutions.
“What we want to do is hear from Fife Council to know what their assessment is and we will work with them on that and take their recommendations and suggestions seriously.”
“If there are immediate actions that need to be taken, we’ll take them.”
Grandfather Robert said the meeting represented a major step forward in efforts to get the government to take public concerns seriously.
“It was important for the Minister to see with his own eyes the stretch of A92 where Logan died and to fully understand the issues and concerns,” he said.
“I’m happy with today’s outcome and am confident we will see those improvements, most importantly a crossing, soon.
Stephen Davies, Transport Scotland’s road safety manager, who also attended the roadside visit, said a report on the possible options would be produced within the next two to three months and presented to the Minister for further consideration.