A north-east Fife road with 94 recorded accidents in four years is to be upgraded to the tune of £49,000. The A915 between Upper Largo and St Andrews was identified as one of the worst for smashes in the region. Bends and junctions on a 15-mile stretch are to be improved to try to prevent more people being hurt or killed. People were injured in 21 of the accidents between 2010 and 2014, one of which was fatal. The main cause was drivers losing control at bends. Improvements to corners, including those at Lahill Mains and Wester Newburn, will include enhanced signage, lines and road surfaces. Visibility will also be improved at junctions, which were found to be the second most common accident location. The road is the fourth to be tackled in Fife Council’s route accident reduction plan, following the A915 Standing Stane Road, A91 Burnside to St Andrews and A917 Upper Largo to Crail. Work on the A915, to be carried out this year, was approved following a report from road safety lead professional Steve Sellars. Measures to reduce traffic speed through Largoward and by the local primary school are also to be added. Mr Sellars said: “The main aim of the route accident reduction plan is to raise the standard of the route so users can perceive improvement over the entire length rather than just at isolated locations. “The greatest return on investment, however, will clearly be achieved by interventions to improve junctions where there are clusters of collisions and improve safety at bends where there are clusters of collisions.”
A massive steam turbine made slow but steady progress across central Fife over the weekend, although most residents probably wouldn't have batted an eyelid. Most Fifers will have been in bed as the 213-tonne turbine made its way between Methil Docks and Markinch papermaker Tullis Russell's site in the early hours of Sunday, as part of the company's plans to build a biomass plant. The abnormal load was transported by a 5.7m wide and 40m long flat top trailer and tractor unit, which travelled at a maximum speed of just 12mph. The operation began at around 10pm on Saturday and went on until around 8am on Sunday to try to minimise disruption to motorists. An agreed route was also drawn up to take account of the size and weight of the load, meaning the convoy of vehicles involved left Methil Docks and travelled along the A955, B932, A915 and A911 before turning North on to the A92 after the Preston footbridge at Glenrothes. The configuration of the trailer also meant the deck on the A911 West Mill footbridge had to be removed completely for a short time. The turbine had been due to be moved in the middle of December, but that was rescheduled. Police accompanied the load throughout its journey and provided directions for motorists as and when necessary. Photo David Wardle
The battle against the Beast from the East’s impact in Fife continued on Sunday morning as communities rallied around to help life return to normal. Council teams have been concentrating on clearing snow routes over the weekend, with primary routes being cleared and salted, and major commuter routes are passable with care, although many rural roads are still blocked. Drifting snow is still causing difficulties and a Yellow weather warning for snow and ice remains in place until Monday. That said, it is anticipated that many schools are expected to reopen on Monday – with local people mucking in to help clear paths and entrances – and transport options are increasing as every hour goes by. Most Stagecoach routes are currently operating across Fife, Perth, Dundee and Angus, albeit with some diversions or revised schedules, and ScotRail’s services through Fife are also back up and running as normal. Fife Council chief executive Steve Grimmond said: “It's been fantastic to see so many people coming together in such challenging circumstances to clear snow in areas we just haven't managed to get to. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/611588/selfless-stars-salute-fifes-heroes-snow/ "Some communities are still struggling with access and we are actively working to open up routes as quickly as possible but the snow fall last night and ongoing drift has been hampering our effort in places. “Also the sheer quantity of snow means some areas need diggers not snow ploughs. “I'd like to thank everyone for their patience as we work to get Fife moving again. "The huge efforts Fifers are making is inspiring and it's great to see our community spirit is alive and well as neighbours help each other in these challenging times. “We will continue to work together with you and hope next week brings some respite from these freezing conditions." Many schools and council facilities are expected to open on Monday, but the local authority says it will have to monitor weather and travel conditions as well as other factors such as heating. The council’s contact centre will continue to operate an emergency service only over the weekend. Fifers are reminded that bin collections should start again on Monday, but the council will not be able to reschedule missed collections. People have been asked not to put out their brown (food and garden waste) bins so bin lorries can focus on other bins. However, many recycling centres – including Glenrothes, Methil, Dalgety Bay and Kirkcaldy – were open for most of Saturday and will be open from 9am to 5pm on Saturday. Meals on wheels managed to deliver to most clients again on Saturday and will continue to operate over the weekend. Services are in direct contact with anyone that the team were unable to reach. The council says it hopes to run limited Ring and Ride and Dial-a-Ride services on Monday for clients who need to attend hospital appointments, while teams in the emergency housing repairs services are out in about in three 4x4 vehicles to tackle priority cases. Most Fife Sports and Leisure Trust will also be open on Sunday after a phenomenal effort snow clearing on Saturday. The official list of roads closed was updated at 6.30am, although many more are impassable - particularly in rural areas. The list on Fife Direct is as follows: Central B925 - Auchtertool to Mossmorran Roundabout. Closed due to drifting snow - Passable With Care B930 Percival Road, Buckhaven - Between Buckhaven and A915 Standing Stane Road. - Passable With Care C32 Star of Markinch - Star of Markinch to Kennoway - Passable With Care C33 Glenrothes Airport to Auchmuir Bridge - Drifting north of Airport Road - Passable With Care C50 Auchmuir Bridge Road - Snow drifting over the length - Passable With Care East A912 Strathmiglo to New Inn - Narrow sections due to drifting snow - Passable With Care A915 Largoward to Upper Largo - Between Lathallan and Upper Largo - Closed A916 Struthers Bends to Letham Feus - Narrow sections due to drifting - Passable With Care A917 - B942 to Kilconquhar - Closed due to drifting snow - Closed B9171 - B942 to B9131 closed due to drifting snow - Closed West A823 - Knockhill - Closed A907 Dunfermline to Gartary Roundabout, Kincardine - Various locations along length of road blocked by snow drifts. - Passable With Care A909 - Burntisland to Bernard Smithy - Closed A985 Limekilns Road to the C11 - - Closed B913 - Saline to Salsgirth - Closed B9157 - A921 to A909 - Closed Craigluskar Road to A823 Wellwood - - Closed
One of Fife’s busiest roads was closed following a multi-vehicle accident on Friday afternoon. The A915 Standing Stane Road is closed at Boreland Road after three vehicles collided near a quarry on the stretch. Emergency services were called to the scene shortly after 3.30pm. The road re-opened just before 5pm. No one was seriously hurt.
Motorists say their lives have been made a misery by temporary traffic lights causing tailbacks on one of the main routes through Fife. Drivers have reported being stuck in queues for more than half-an-hour at a time on the A915 at Scoonie roundabout in Leven as a result of roadworks. The lengthy waits have prompted calls for urgent action to alleviate the situation. Contractor SGN is manually controlling the signals between 7am and 7pm and are said to be working seven days a week to try and speed up the process, although the traffic light arrangement is expected to remain in place for weeks. With drivers reportedly "jumping" the red lights and blocking traffic at roundabouts further up the A915, the result has been chaotic, particularly at peak times. The issue has now been raised by local Conservative councillor Linda Holt, who said motorists' "road rage" is evident on a regular basis due to the jams. She said: "Three community councils I have attended in the last week have been up in arms about the traffic delays on the A915 at Scoonie. "Being stuck for 30 minutes-plus is unacceptable for commuters and must be costing businesses money they can ill afford. "The contractors have clearly not given enough thought to the impact of their work on road users. "I hope Fife Council will now urge them in the strongest terms to keep the duration of the work to the absolute minimum and explore ways apart from the current inadequate operation of manually operated lights of keeping traffic moving." Kevin Smith, lead professional for roads network management at Fife Council, said talks have been held with the contractor in a bid to ease the problems experienced. "These temporary traffic lights are in place for SGN’s mains replacement scheme and unfortunately this section cannot be completed without using temporary traffic lights,” he noted. "Generally, this is a very busy section of road and the temporary lights are slowing the traffic down with peak times proving especially difficult due to the sheer volume of traffic. "We have raised the length of time drivers are waiting with the contractor and have had assurances that workers on site will monitor the build ups and make every effort to try and reduce the congestion."
Improvements are to be made to two of Fife’s road accident hotspots. The A91 between the M90 and St Andrews and the A917 Upper Largo to Crail road were the scenes of almost 230 road accidents in two years. Behind only the A915 Standing Stane road between Kirkcaldy and Windygates, they were identified as the top priorities for action among Fife’s non-trunk A and B-class roads. Fife Council is to invest £60,000 in upgrading the routes after cash was approved by the council’s north-east Fife area committee. Chairwoman Councillor Frances Melville said: “The proposed works will be vital in making routes safer and show that we are acting on the data from accidents to try and improve some difficult junctions and dangerous bends. “Whilst trying to highlight to drivers the message of driving safely, the greatest return on our investment will be achieved by improving safety at the junctions and bends where there are clusters of collisions but also combining these efforts with improvements throughout the route,” she said. The A91 from Burnside runs over 23 miles through Auchtermuchty, Cupar, Dairsie and Guardbridge. It saw 114 accidents recorded between 2012 and 2014, 30 of them resulting in injury to at least one person. Route treatment at a number of junctions is aimed at improving visibility of signs and road markings and includes cutting back foliage and trees, replacing road studs and installing new signs, chevrons, junction bollards and anti-skid surfacing. Speed limit road markings are also to be painted at Dairsie and the limit reduced between Guardbridge and St Andrews to 50mph. The A917 is part of the coastal route around the region, linking the towns and villages of the East Neuk, and saw 113 recorded accidents, 24 resulting in injury. Members of the Levenmouth area committee approved a raft of safety improvements, totalling £40,000, for the route. While the majority of the route falls within the remit of councillors in north east Fife, the stretch of the A917 from Upper Largo to Drumeldrie falls under the jurisdiction of Levenmouth representatives. Councillor Tom Adams, chairman of the Levenmouth area committee, said: “Hopefully, these improvements will make people more aware of their own driving skills. “These are the sorts of improvements that people have been asking for for a while. They want more signs, as well as the anti-skid surface on corners to make the road safer for everyone.”
Two separate road collisions are causing traffic problems in Fife this evening. The two incidents happened "one after the other" a Police Scotland spokesman said. One of the crashes occurred in Standing Stanes Road A915, between Windygates and Kirkcaldy. The second incident happened on the A911 between Windygates and Markinch. The spokesman said that traffic delays are expected as a result of the collisions.
A series of roads across Fife and Perthshire have been force to close due to a blast of winter weather. Snow drifts and abandoned cars have left routes across Courier Country completely blocked as the "Beast from the East" hits Scotland. The A92 St Andrews to Dundee road was closed between the A91 Mawcarse to St Andrews route and the A912 at Muirhead at about 9pm after being left impassible. It is now passable with care. Several vehicles are said to have "lost traction" on the road. The A921 between Kircaldy to Kinghorn road was also said to be blocked on Thursday morning, as was the A976 route between Kennoway and Cupar. Tayside Police Division said they have been called to a number of minor incidents across the region, but nothing major. Traffic Scotland said the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee road between Laurencekirk and Stonehaven is hazardous due to "wintry conditions". Full list of local road closures as of 4.45pm: Passable with care: A92 St Andrews to Dundee road between the A91 Mawcarse to St Andrews route and the A912 at Muirhead (snow) The A93 Braemar to Perth road closed "for the foreseeable future" around the Spittal of Glenshee (snow) The A93 is passable with care between Blackwater and the Spittal of Glenshee. B918 Between A977 and A91 Kinross (snow drifts) C413 Stronachie (snow drifts) U142 Westown (snow drifts) B919 Mawcarse - Balgedie (snow drifts) B996 Kinross - Gairneybridge (snow drifts) B920 Scotlandwell - C501 Righead (snow drifts) U243 Glenlomond (snow drifts and abandoned cars) A911 Scotlandwell - Milnathort (snow drifts and abandoned cars) B827 Langside - Comrie (drifting snow) A94 Scone to Burrelton (drifting snow/vehicles off road) Passable with care/"essential travel" only: A924 Pitlochry to Kirkmichael, A826 Kinloch to Aberfeldy, A822 Kinloch to Dunkeld. Gritters are said to be at work on most of the routes Perth and Kinross Council said "all other roads" within its boundary are passable with care but should only be used for "essential travel". All Stageocach East Scotland services through Perthshire and Fife were suspended until "at least" 10am. Buses in Perth began running just before 10am. However at 10.30am the firm said it is "unlikely" any of its services through Fife would operate on Thursday. Additionally "most" rural services through Perthshire have been called off. A statement from Stagecoach said: "In consultation with Police Scotland, Transport Scotland and similar to other transport operators, no services are operating across Fife at present and it is highly unlikely this situation will change for the remainder of the day as conditions remain the same, or are deteriorating in some areas of Fife. "We will continue to review the weather and road conditions and post any updates to our position on this page throughout the day. "Perthshire: Most rural services are not operating, however some services in the city are now operating." More updates on local Stagecoach services can be found here. https://twitter.com/StagecoachEScot/status/969156686001987584 https://twitter.com/StagecoachEScot/status/969100893504376836 A Met Office red alert for snow across Central Scotland, Tayside and Fife was in place until 10am. A further amber warning predicting "heavy snow showers" is in force until 6pm. More to follow.
A Fife rail line is closed due to flooding and several local roads are also affected. Scotrail has confirmed that the line running between Cowdenbeath and Glenrothes remains closed because of flooding. And train services running between Edinburgh and Glenrothes via Kirkcaldy are running on a reduced timetable. https://twitter.com/ScotRail/status/971266959332569093 Several local roads in Fife are also affected by flooding, including the A823 Queensferry Road in Dunfermline, the A915 between Upper Largo and Largo Road, the B9037 High Valleyfield near its junction with A985 and the B939 between Pitscottie and St Andrews. More to follow. More to follow.
One of Fife’s busiest roads was brought to a standstill on Thursday afternoon following a three-car crash. Emergency services sealed off part of the A915 Standing Stane Road between Kirkcaldy and Windygates following the collision, which involved a Renault Megane, Volkswagen Golf and Ford Fiesta. At least three ambulances were scrambled to the scene, near the Wemyss junction, at around 1pm though it is understood that all of those involved avoided serious injury. Major delays were reported as queues backed up towards Kirkcaldy, though these are thought to have eased approaching the evening rush hour. Police confirmed that the road re-opened shortly before 3pm.