A Fife community leader has called for Transport Scotland to shed light on the danger of junctions on one of the region’s busiest roads.
Alan Watt, chair of Ladybank Community Council, has called for the two intersections — at Cairnfield Farm and Monkstown Wood — which link the town with the A92 to be illuminated to improve safety on the trunk road.
He said: “Illuminating the junctions would be a good start because some of the drivers coming down the stretch are coming down there at some speed.
“We have had meetings with Fife Council, Transport Scotland and Bear Scotland, as well as Freuchie Community Council, but nothing has happened.”
Figures from Police Scotland show that safety camera vans were deployed to the A92 between the two Ladybank junctions on 66 occasions in the 12 months from November of last year.
During that time, 25 Fixed Penalty Notices were issued to drivers for exceeding the 60mph speed limit, with two of those found to be travelling in excess of 80mph.
Mr Watt believes that the true extent of dangerous driving is far greater than the figures suggest, however, and maintains that lighting the two junctions would alleviate some of the risk on the road.
However, stating that there are no current plans to illuminate the intersections, a spokesperson for Transport Scotland, the Scottish Government agency which operates the route, said: “We have been discussing a number of matters with communities along the A92, including the request for lighting at the Ladybank junctions.
“Typically, lighting is only provided for road safety purposes where there is an evidenced issue of dark-related accidents.
“This is not the situation in these locations and we have no current plans for providing lighting at these locations.
“Representatives from our operating company, BEAR Scotland, have attended a site meeting with the community council in recent weeks and are currently investigating the potential for installation of alternative measures to raise the profile of these junctions.
“In addition, we will continue to monitor safety on the A92, as we do with the entire trunk road network.”