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Ambitious plans to make Kincardine more accessible

The trusts new hub is in the heart of the town
The trusts new hub is in the heart of the town

Plans are in the pipeline to improve transport links in and around Kincardine in the wake of the closure of Longannet power station.

The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is working with Sustrans Scotland, a sustainable transport charity, to improve accessibility around the west Fife town.

This issue was identified as a key priority project in the Go Forth Kincardine charrette which was completed in June 2017.

The trust, which helps mining communities recover from the devastating effects of pit closures by supporting local initiatives to improve health and employment, has its Scottish headquarters in Kincardine.

Along with Sustrans, which aims to connect people and places to create liveable neighbourhoods, the trust recently conducted a session with local pupils, discussing both safe and unsafe ways of getting around and negotiating junctions.

Now, the partners will address a raft of transport issues.


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They include looking at connections and networks in the town, identifying missing links and routes with the most opportunity for improvements.

Also on the agenda are work to upgrade the main town centre junction, improve and develop the North Approach Road, improve the High Street by using better signs and prioritising the way for pedestrians and cyclists around certain parts of Kincardine.

CRT trustee Nicky Wilson said: “We moved to our Scottish headquarters in the heart of Kincardine last year, following the extensive refurbishment of an empty former back building in the heart of the town.

“We have also created jobs in Kincardine and are keen to further rejuvenate the entire area. Our work with Sustrans to improve accessibility and transport links is a key part of achieving our ambitions to benefit local communities.”

Sustrans Scotland’s infrastructure officer Gemma McCluskey added it was pleased to be able to support the trust through its Places for Everyone fund, with its plans to make Kincardine more accessible to users of all abilities to walk, wheel and cycle.

This, she said, would help to rebuild the high street, creating a safer, more welcoming town where people can meet, connect and relax and would support local initiatives to improve health and employment prospects for residents of coalfield areas.

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