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|Town Square Kirkcaldy
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|Forth Road Bridge • Tay Road Bridge
Kirkcaldy is one of the larger towns in Fife, lying on the coast due north of Edinburgh. The town lies around the curve of a wide sandy beach, but despite this any aspirations as a tourist resort have seen little result. Instead, the town has a long industrial history with coal mines, mills and factories all in the local area. Kirkcaldy was also an important trading port in the past, and the small harbour at Dysart was used to export coal. Today Kirkcaldy is a busy town, with some affluent areas and also some less well off parts of town. New housing and industrial estates stretch out to the north, up to the A92 and coming within a couple of miles of Glenrothes to the north.
The A92 has long been the most important route in Kirkcaldy, although where it once followed the coast and then turned inland towards Glenrothes, it now follows a dual carriageway from the M90 at Dunfermline, skimming along the north edge of town before resuming its original line to Glenrothes. The old A92 is now the A921, with the A915 and A955 continuing east along the coast to Buchaven and Leven. The A910 once took a meandering route westwards to Cowdenbeath, but the new A92 has largely usurped the A910, which is now just a link from the town centre to the dual carriageway.
Kirkcaldy has a number of short B roads around the town centre, and around the coastal part of the urban area to Dysart. However, the only B road serving the vast suburban area to the northwest of the town centre is the B981, formerly the B926, which then continues westwards on the former A910 route. The rest of this urban sprawl is served by unclassified distributor roads. Back in the town centre area, the B925 follows the railway line on the shore side of the centre, starting in Pathhead. It then turns west and heads cross country to Dunfermline. The B9157 (former B924) does a similar trick to the south, through Linktown and then across to Aberdour.
Further north the B928 and B929 are both short connections in Dysart, and on the north edge of town the B9130 follows the old line of the A92, parallel to the modern dual carriageway, to Glenrothes. There have been many changes to the classified roads around Kirkcaldy since they were first numbered, with the A955 having originally been the B927 and the B925 was originally part of a much longer A907.
|Forth Road Bridge, Edinburgh (M90)
|Also accessed via A910
|Tay Road Bridge, Dundee
|Accessed via A921
|Newliston, A92 (West)
|Town Centre, Auchtertool