Concerns Standing Stane drivers will face longer queues in the future

A housing development being built in Kirkcaldy will lead to major delays for motorists travelling between the A92 and Levenmouth, it has been claimed.

A previous Fife Council report called for a direct link between the A92 and the Standing Stane.
A previous Fife Council report called for a direct link between the A92 and the Standing Stane.

The Kingdom Park project, currently being built on the northern edge of Kirkcaldy, will deliver more than 1o00 new homes, leading to fears that motorists trying to reach the A92 or return to Methil or Buckhaven, could face long queues.

“Work on Kingdom Park is underway,” said Levenmouth Rail Campaign secretary Allen Armstrong, “generating a lot of additional road traffic.

“There will also be a new roundabout. That’s more for motorists to negotiate, when travelling to Levenmouth or back. It’s nice for people living in Kirkcaldy or Kingdom Park, but not for us. The construction is already slowing people down.”

Mr Armstrong noted that the Local Transport Strategy for Fife 2006-2026 includes an aim to construct a road which would link the A92 and the Standing Stane.

However, this has not been followed up.

“There was a plan to link the Standing Stane and the A92,” Mr Armstrong added.

“What’s the point of making these plans and then not using them?”

Mark Barrett, Fife Council’s lead officer transportation development management, said: “The Kingdom Park development was granted planning permission in 2014. The development includes phased road improvements such as ​traffic lights and additional lanes at the Redhouse and Gallatown Roundabouts and a new roundabout with traffic lights at the Mitchelston Drive junction.

“These works would manage the increase in vehicle trips generated by the development and help reduce existing peak time delays. The works include the western end of the Standing Stane link road between the Mitchelston Roundabout and the eastern boundary of the Kingdom Park site. The remaining section including the bridge crossing of the railway and junction with the A915 Standing Stane Road being provided by/paid from developer planning contributions from other Kirkcaldy east sites.”