|Location Map ( geo)|
|The B916 looking towards the town centre|
|Transport Scotland Roads|
|M90, A823(M), A92(M), A92|
|Places related to the M90|
|Places related to the A92|
|Places related to the A823|
|Places related to the A907|
Dunfermline is a large town towards the western end of Fife. The town has an ancient connection to Scottish Royalty, with the Abbey and Ruinous Palace becoming one of the seats of the Scottish Monarchy around the time of the Norman Conquest in England. As such, Dunfermline is sometimes styled as a 'City'. The Abbey and town centre sit on a low knoll above the small tower burn, and form a historic town centre nucleus in what is now Fife's largest town. Most of this expansive urban area is to the south and east of the centre, taking in Halbeath to the east and bordering Rosyth and Inverkeithing to the south, so that there is a nearly continuous built up area all the way to the banks of the River Forth and the bridges.
The main road serving the town is the M90 motorway, which forms an eastern bypass. It loosely follows the former route of the A90, which also passed to the east of the town. A spur from the M90 is the A823(M), which leads to the north-south A823 that runs around the town centre and continues north into Perthshire. This short spur motorway is the only built part of a series of plans to provide an east-west Fife motorway, the final result of which is the A92 dual carriageway which leaves the M90 at Halbeath and heads east, but not a motorway. The A823, meanwhile, is a stunning drive to the north, climbing through Glen Devon, before crossing the A9 at Gleneagles, and continuing towards Crieff
The A907 provides an east-west route through the town centre, continuing west to Stirling, whilst the A994 also heads west to meet the A985 an important, albeit single carriageway, route between the Kincardine Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge. The recent construction of a Tesco store on brownfield land north of the town centre saw changes to the junctions in the town centre, particularly on the short multiplex between the A907 and A823. Further west, the A907 TOTSOs off the A994, but signage diverts traffic away from the occasionally narrow William Street, which is the line of the A907 onto side streets.
Elsewhere in the town, a number of B roads provide links through the suburbs, with most of them continuing out of town, either into open country or in the case of the B980, down into Rosyth. Dunfermline, then, has never really been at an important crossroads in the road network, with the main routes generally bypassing the town. However, its historic significance has generated a lot of traffic to and from the town in the past, and today as the largest urban area in Fife, with ready access to Edinburgh, via the Forth Road Bridge and soon to be completed Queensferry Crossing, that traffic volume increases as each year passes.
|The NORTH, Perth|
|The SOUTH, Edinburgh, Forth Road Bridge||Soon to be routed over Queensferry Crossing|
|Short spur connecting to the A92|
|Kirkcaldy, Perth, Edinburgh (M90)|
|Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes, Cowdenbeath (A909), Lochgelly (B9149)|
|Crieff||Runs through Glen Devon to A9 at Gleneagles|
|Kincardine Bridge (A985)|
|Aberdour (A921), Dalgety Bay|
|Link to NW of town centre|
|Stirling (A907)||now partially B9155|