Work on Adam Smith junction but no plans to switch off the lights

Adam Smith junction
Adam Smith junction

THE traffic lights at a central Kirkcaldy junction, which caused controversy when they were installed at the end of 2011, look set to stay.

Amid rumours circulating the town that the lights may be switched off at the Adam Smith junction, Fife’s transport chief quashed them this week.

He emphasised that although the traffic flow at the junction is continually monitored, the lights will remain in place.

After spotting work taking place in the middle of the junction at the weekend, and hearing suggestions that the traffic signals could be switched off for a three month period, the Press contacted Fife Council this week to ask if there was any truth in the rumours.

It was suggested that if the lights were switched off for a time, traffic would have been allowed to flow freely as before when it was a roundabout.

However, the Council said there were no plans to make changes.

Dr Bob McLellan, head of transportation and environmental services for the local authority said: “The work that has been done at the Adam Smith junction to provide controlled pedestrian crossing points and traffic signals did initially take some time to bed in.

“However we have worked through teething and timing issues with the traffic lights and the junction is now working well.

“We have agreed with the chairman of the area committee to review traffic operations in the area and this is ongoing.

“However, any suggestion that the traffic lights will be switched off as a result of this is exceptionally unlikely.”

When the junction was first changed in late 2011 as part of Kirkcaldy’s ‘Green Corridor’, the switch from roundabout to traffic lights and narrower lanes caused chaos and frustration on the roads in the area as timings were incorrect.

Since then the local authority has taken steps to alter the timings and resolve the ‘teething problems’.

The Council say the junction is working well, but many drivers in the town still use the surrounding roads, such as Sang Road and St Brycedale Road, as a rat run to avoid the junction.

The junction was changed from a roundabout to make sure both vehicles and pedestrians were catered for, enhancing safety for all road users.