A PEDESTRIAN crossing that will help pupils reach school more safely will be installed on one of Rosyth’s busiest roads for the new school term.

That’s the vow from Transport Scotland, who confirmed to the Press that work to create a crossing on Admiralty Road will begin early next month and will be completed in time for kids returning to class on August 16.

The crossing will be sited on Admiralty Road at the Harley Street/Fairykirk Road junction, which is close to Park Road Primary School, and the national transport agency said that they had been working with operating company Amey to deliver the project.

Parents at the school have been demanding a crossing since 1998 to ensure children can cross the A985 safely and, in 2014, took their battle to the Scottish Parliament after the Press reported that plans to install a crossing were scrapped in May 2013.

That came despite assurances from Bear Scotland – who undertake contracts on behalf of Transport Scotland – to the contrary in December 2012, and led to fresh calls from the community, councillors and current Dunfermline and West Fife MP Douglas Chapman for a crossing.

A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: “We have been working with our operating company on the plans for the crossing and the construction will begin in early July and will be completed during the school break.”

In September last year, lollipop man Douglas Rowan revealed that, just 12 months previously, he had a lucky escape when a car came hurtling down the road at 60mph, missing himself and a dad by inches.

That led to a traffic survey being carried out and Danny Hughes, chair of Rosyth Community Council, said: “This is something that has been on the community council’s agenda for a number of years. We have been chasing to get a crossing done so this is great news for us. We’re absolutely delighted.

“There is a lot of heavyweight traffic and, being so close to the slip road, they can come round at some speed.

"We’ve had a lot of complaints about it over the years and it is an extremely dangerous place to cross so it’s great that something is being done. We were starting to wonder whether it would take a serious accident for something to be done but it’s all come good in the end.

“It’s high time something was put in place there.”

The crossing is set to be located around 25 metres west of the junction.