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Increased traffic on Monimail Road

I have been in touch with an officer from Transportation Services regarding the terrible state of Monimail Road, since the A91 was closed for the tunnelling works at Melville Lodges.  With Monimail Road being used as a ratrun by drivers wanting to avoid the lengthier official diversion to the south, the increased volume of traffic and dangerous speeding by some drivers is making the road very dangerous

Specifically I asked if we could either erect, “No through route to A92” signage or install some temporary traffic lights to equalise the journey times for both diversions. Below is an excerpt of the reply I  got.

We had discussions regarding this road and the putting out of signs at the A92 and B937 Junctions to advise not suitable for HGV’s etc, but decided against this. This was because any signs placed out at these junctions would automatically make drivers think that this is a through route and would then use it as an alternative route to the signed diversion.
Unfortunately we cannot put signs out to mislead road users or advise ‘No Through Road’ as this would be false and could lead to legal action against the Council for misleading the Public. Any vehicle has the right of passage along an adopted road unless a weight restriction was in place.
Transport Scotland Act 2005 clearly states that no traffic management can be placed on a road without proper notification or just cause.  To slow vehicles down is not an acceptable cause. this is only or the carrying out of Road works. If Fife Council put lights up then we could receive a hefty fine from the Scottish Executive Tsar of Roadworks for non-compliance in their duties to control and administrate roadworks.
So basically the news isn’t good! On a positive note,
Other works have been programmed within this closure of the A91 to prevent other traffic restrictions on this route. Mount Castle Quarry brought forward their works to construct a new vehicle access just to the east of the ‘Doocot’ and these works will be finished this week.
and work is progressing fairly quickly. It is hoped that, weather permitting the road could be reopened by the end of the month and completed in half the time originally anticipated.
I will be in touch with Fife Police to request some extra patrols/enforcement in Letham and Monimail, meanwhile the Council are to inspect and if necessary clean the road to make emergency braking less hazardous!