Campaigners call for Transport Minister to visit A92 personally

Campaigners would like to see roundabouts installed at busy junctions on the A92

Campaigners for better safety measures on the A92 are urging the Transport Minister to get in touch with them personally.

It comes after the North Glenrothes Community Council wrote to Michael Matheson asking him to visit the busy trunk road to see the hazards for himself.

But members say they are disappointed not to have had a reply directly from him, despite being given assurances by Transport Scotland that the issue is being looked at.

Ron Page from the NGCC said:

"The reply to the letter came not from the Minister but from Transport Scotland on the 28th of November.

"It did state that this report was now ready and that a meeting would be held with the NGCC to discuss it.

"Also it stated that further options would be developed relevant to short and medium interventions, with longer term interventions as part of the ongoing review of the STPR (Strategic Transport Projects Review) - nothing basically new to members of the NGCC. 

“This is why we wrote to the Minister - since the basic dualling of these 1.5. miles of trunk road from Balfarg to Preston junctions is outwith the annual budget of Transport and BEAR Scotland.

"This is a Government financial and political decision.

"We noted at the end of this reply from Transport Scotland that 'Mr Matheson has been briefed on the issue in the A92 surrounding Glenrothes... and is aware of your invitation to him to visit the A92 and meet with campaigners.'"

"So what can we do now?

"We have been in contact with our MSP Jenny Gilruth voicing our concern and look forward to her ongoing support.

"We are certain that Jenny will make direct contact with the Minister on behalf of the local community.

"We can ask members of the public to support this campaign by writing individually to both our MSP and the Minister.

"We can consider a second petition to the Scottish Parliament."

'Road safety is a priority'

A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: "It is inaccurate to suggest we have not responded to correspondence on this issue.

"We will continue to engage with anyone who has concerns about road safety in Scotland.

"Road safety is a priority for the Scottish Government.

"The Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance study for the A92 has now been finalised by our consultants and we are currently reviewing the recommendations and considering what options we can take forward in consultation with our road operating company and Fife Council.

"The appraisal has considered the junctions at Cadham and Balfarg as well as the junctions through Freuchie.

"The aim of the report was to identify which measures will address the recognised issues and which can be delivered as part of the Strategic Road Safety Programme.

"It also provides the basis for potential future major improvements.

"We intend to arrange a further meeting with North Glenrothes Community Council before the end of the year to discuss the findings of the study and the potential measures which can be implemented to improve road safety."

More from Local News