One-way system could be put in place to beat ‘rat-run’ on local street

Queens Gardens, St Andrews

Traffic could soon be restricted in a St Andrews street to prevent it being used as a rat-run.

Residents in Queens Gardens have complained about congestion in the residential area.

A one-way system is being proposed from south to north, preventing access from South Street, with a contraflow cycle lane.

St Andrews councillor Brian Thomson welcomed the plan, following work with the Queens Gardens and Queens Terrace Residents’ Association.

He said: “The proposed change is a direct response to concerns expressed by residents, backed up by the result of a survey, about the amount of traffic using the street as a rat-run, and the congestion that often arises.”

The street is used by about 1,000 vehicles a day, mostly coming from South Street.

The north-east Fife area committee was also told the road traffic scheme would lead to an improved environment for residents.

Formal consultation will be conducted before a traffic regulation order is made.