A ROAD running right through the Cowdenbeath-Lochgelly area has again been listed as 'one of the most dangerous in the UK'.

Cowdenbeath Councillor Darren Watt has expressed concerns that the A909 has once again been named as one of the most dangerous roads in the British Isles.

The infamous road, that runs from Kelty, through Cowdenbeath and continues to Burntisland, has made it in the top ten of “persistently high risk” rural roads in the UK by the Road Safety Foundation. The other nine roads are in England making the A909 the worst in Scotland.

The A909 runs from Kinross and goes past Kelty, into Cowdenbeath via Perth Road, down High Street and out towards Mossmorran before heading towards Burntisland.

Councillor Watt said: “It is very concerning that one of the UK’s most dangerous roads runs through the heart of my ward and I will be calling on various agencies and authorities including Fife Council and Police Scotland, to give this stretch of road immediate attention.”

“It is imperative we see a multi-prong approach and collective responsibility to ensure they are doing all they can to minimise risk and reduce the number of accidents and incidents going forward.”

The report from the Road Safety Foundation found that there were twenty fatal or serious crashes along this road between 2012 and 2017. Furthermore, the report showed that two thirds of accidents involved pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists and just over a fifth were head-on collisions.

Councillor Watt concluded: “It would be reckless and presumptuous to assume speed was the number one factor behind incidents on this road and other factors must be taken into considerations such as weather conditions, road surface and signage.”

“I would appeal to road users to be vigilant and travel with extra care along these roads. There are a number of unpredictable dangers such as wildlife, sharp bends, rural vehicles and potentially slippery surfaces. And of course, there is the unpredictability of other roads users’ behaviour.”