Stage status: Construction and sectional completion
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 Masterton Road roundabout. The aim of this project is to continue this provision to the west. This will ensure that an off-carriageway route for walkers and cyclists is developed along the whole length of Aberdour Road, from Fordell Firs to Hospital Hill. The narrow cycle lanes that are painted on the carriageway, between the Masterton Road roundabout and Blacklaw Road, will be removed in favour of an off-carriageway route.
Masterton Road to Blacklaw Road
During 2021 and early 2022, Fife Council engineers studied the west half of Aberdour Road and advanced design work was done to convert the south footway, between Masterton Road and Blacklaw Road, into a shared off-carriageway pedestrian/ cycle track. Construction was then undertaken during 2022 and early 2023.
The new layout will benefit young riders, in particular, or cyclists that do not have a lot of experience. 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 has a 3.5 m wide shared pedestrian cycle track, plus a 0.5 m wide safety buffer zone next to the kerbline. A new toucan crossing on Masterton Road, at the roundabout is to be installed.
Blacklaw Road to Hospital Hill section
The Council is engaging with the local community regarding the Blacklaw Road to Hospital Hill section. It is expected that a two-way kerb segregated cycle track, with remote footway, will be put in place along the south side of Aberdour Rd, joining the above section. A Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) is being promoted to support the proposed two-way cycle track, which will make it illegal for vehicles to be driven along the cycle track. The TRO process includes a statutory public consultation period.
- Timeline (per section):
- Fordell Firs to the Masterton Road roundabout - Existing
- Masterton Road to Blacklaw Road - Substantially complete
- Blacklaw Road to Hospital Hill - Final design and TRO stage. Construction works are expected during 2024, depending on any objections to the TRO process.
- Distance: 2 km approx, between the Masterton roundabout and Hospital Hill
- Approximate infrastructure investment: £700,000.
Once the Aberdour Road scheme is fully implemented, future work will target improving the onward journey into the City Centre, as well as reviewing the existing provision at the eastern end of Aberdour Road.
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