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Dunfermline - Aberdour Road Active Travel Corridor

Stage status: Design

The east section of Aberdour Road benefits from having an off-carriageway shared pedestrian and cycle track. This is between the B981 at Fordell Firs and the Linburn Road/ Masterton Road roundabout. West of the Linburn Road/ Masterton Road roundabout only has narrow cycle lanes, marked on the carriageway. This is the section heading towards Hospital Hill, Aberdour Road.

During 2021 and early 2022, Fife Council engineers studied the west half of Aberdour Road. They looked to see if it was possible to convert some of the footways into shared off-road pedestrian/ cycle tracks. This would make it like the east half of Aberdour Road.

Preliminary design work is now complete. We propose to extend the existing off-road active travel provision. That means the whole length of Aberdour Road will have a shared pedestrian/cycle track. This will benefit young riders, or cyclists that do not have a lot of experience, as it's off-road.  Commuting cyclists, that do not wish to travel in traffic, will also see a benefit. The route links to National Cycle Route 1, shops, a primary school, a nursery, and a church, as well as serving several communities along the way.

The new path will have a 3.5 m wide shared pedestrian cycle track, plus a 0.5 m wide safety buffer zone next to the kerbline. We will install a new toucan crossing on Masterton Road, at the roundabout. This connects the existing pedestrian/cycle path to the new pedestrian/cycle path. We will also build a new pedestrian/cycle zebra crossing. This will cross from the south side of Aberdour Rd to the north side, immediately west of the Blacklaw Road mini-roundabout. We will also install toucan crossings on the A823, Hospital Hill, linking to the existing shared pedestrian/ cycle track on the west side.  This will allow onward journeys to the City Centre.

For most of the length of the route, two layout options exist for the shared path:

  • an unsegregated shared pedestrian/ cycle path, or
  • a path with a white line down the middle, segregating pedestrians and cyclists

If you have a preference, or wish to request the design drawings, please make contact using the email address at the bottom of this page.

  • Timeline: The construction works will begin early in 2023, taking approximately 6 months.
  • Distance: 2 km approx.
  • Approximate infrastructure investment: £500,000.

If you wish to comment on the works, or need further information, please email: active.travel@fife.gov.uk.

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