A grieving grandfather’s four-year campaign to make safe the stretch of road where his grandson was killed, could soon be over.
Robert Brown, who has met with two former Scottish Transport Minister’s at the site on the A92 in Glenrothes where nine-year-old Logan Carrie was killed in February 2015, has campaigned tirelessly since to have a pedestrian crossing installed.
The Courier can reveal Mr Brown and his family’s agonising wait is about to end.
Transport Scotland bosses have finally given a completion date for a crossing after Mr Brown accused them of breaking promises given to the family by the former Transport Minister Humza Yousaf.
The youngster’s death, after being struck by a passing motorist while crossing the busy trunk road, was the 17th fatality on the A92 in the past decade.
The tragedy sparked a public outcry for the stretch of road between Cadham and Balfarg junctions to be made safer.
Mr Brown, said: “I walked the crash site with Mr Yousaf back in June 2018 and he gave me a firm commitment there and then that a crossing would be installed.
“He was honouring his predecessor, Derek Mackay, who made a personal pledge to me in 2015 that something had to be done to make the area safe.
“But I’m dismayed to see that the crossing has still not been installed, despite a written promise that the work would be completed in 2018, or at worst by the end of the financial year.”
Following the tragedy, Mr Brown vowed to lobby for safety improvements so Logan’s death not to be in vain.
He added: “I’ve said all along that I will fight to my last breath to see that road made safe, nothing has changed.
“I’ve witnessed mums with prams, school children and other individuals continuing to cross at the same point where Logan was killed.
“Until there’s a crossing in place it’s another tragedy waiting to happen.”
Derek Williamson, Transport Scotland’s road safety manager, has confirmed the crossing will be installed in the coming months.
He said: “As can be appreciated the issue of a crossing has been a complex one as there are access routes to the crossing that are also required.
“We’ve liaised with Fife Council regarding this project and are currently completing the relocation of police safety camera vehicle platform further up the A92.
“I have now confirmed with Mr Brown that once that platform is completed, the installation of the new Toucan crossing and associated footpath links at the Balbirnie section of the A92 previously visited, will be ready for public use by the end of August 2019.”