Fife Council reveals A92 dualling plans

fife_councilFife Council has announced it wants to dual the notorious A92 from Glenrothes to the Tay Road Bridge on safety grounds.

The Courier reports that the authority views the ambitious proposal as a long-term aspiration and is dependent on both agreement and funding from the Scottish Government.

In the meantime, it has released a wish list of substantial improvements it would like to see the government make within the next five years in a bid to cut the toll of death and injury on the busy trunk route.

An action plan which goes significantly further than Transport Scotland’s planned actions, has been sent to transport minister Derek Mackay for review.

It has been welcomed by communities living alongside the A92 who have been calling for action for decades.

The priority list includes upgrades to the infamous Balfarg and Cadham junctions in Glenrothes – the scenes of several serious accidents in the last 10 years.

If approved, a pedestrian crossing will be installed north of Cadham within two years and traffic lights introduced at Cadham junction.

Within five years, a roundabout with traffic light signals would be created at Balfarg junction.

Other priories include:

* Laybys at various locations between Glenrothes and the Tay Bridge to enable passing opportunities.

* Improvements at Freuchie, including a roundabout, pedestrian crossing and a reduced speed limit.

* Roundabouts and improved lighting at the two Ladybank junctions.

* Right turn bans at various junctions.

In its report, the council said: “Fife Council believes there is a case on both safety and economic grounds for the full dualling of the A92 between Glenrothes and the Tay Bridge, but recognises that there are different views on the desirability of this approach and that this is a long-term aspiration.

“However, there is a clear consensus locally around the need for substantial improvements to parts of the road in the short, medium and long term in terms of road safety and to achieve economic benefits for Fife and the wider city region.”

A spokesman for Transport Scotland confirmed they had received the action plan.

“Transport Scotland is currently reviewing the improvement proposals and is continuing to work with Fife Council to make sure that we are taking the most comprehensive approach possible to the safety of roads in the area,” he said.

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