|Scottish Gaelic: Cair Chaladain|
The southbound platform
|Managed by||Abellio ScotRail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|20 June 1847||Opened|
|1991||South platform re-built|
|National Rail - UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Kirkcaldy from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Kirkcaldy railway station is a railway station in the town of Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland. The station is managed by Abellio ScotRail and is on the Fife Circle Line and principal East Coast Main Line, 26 miles (42 km) north east of Edinburgh Waverley. British Transport Police maintain a small office on Platform 1.
The station is located on Station Road, with an entrance on Whyte Melville Road. There are car parks on either side with an extension on the Whyte Melville Road side for Edinburgh commuter traffic. The station building is situated on the Edinburgh platform. In the building is a ticket office (at street level), toilets, public phone, photo booth and shop.
Platforms are adjoined by a connecting subway and a flight of stairs. Two lifts have recently been installed for north and south platform access.
There are waiting rooms on both platforms and CCTV is in operation. Train running information is provided via CIS displays, automatic announcements and customer help points.
There are three main railway station bus stops located on Bennochy Road (off Station Road) with access to the car park. A further two bus stops are located on Whyte Melville Road, one of which is adjacent to the entrance and the other opposite University of Dundee Nursing Kirkcaldy Campus.
A proposal to bring two railway lines to the town had been suggested as far back as 1836, but neither plan succeeded. This led for pressure to support a new line from Burntisland to Newport-on-Tay and Tayport via Kinghorn, Kirkcaldy, Markinch and Cupar in 1840. However, it was three years before Parliament even acknowledged this essential plan. A unanimous decision was passed in favour by both the House of Lords and Commons. Kirkcaldy railway station, along with now defunct stations in Sinclairtown and Dysart, finally opened on 20 June 1847 as part of the Edinburgh and Northern Railway, which terminated at Cupar. Train services were later taken over by the North British Railway, which was absorbed by the London and North Eastern Railway in 1923. The nationalised British Railways took over in 1948.
Originally, only the south platform was covered, until a re-fit of the station was undertaken towards the end of the 19th century.
The station buildings survived intact until they were re-built in 1964, probably as part of the controversial town centre redevelopment plan. A fire in the late 1980s led to the destruction of the south platform. A new south platform had to be built again from scratch, and this was officially re-opened again to the public in 1991.
On Sundays, there are two semi-fast trains per hour to Edinburgh and one all-stations local service.
On Sundays, there are hourly services to Dundee and northbound along the Fife Circle, plus two-hourly services to Aberdeen & Perth (limited service through to Inverness).
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Cross Country Network
Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line
Fife Circle Line
|Glenrothes with Thornton||Abellio ScotRail
Fife Circle Line
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
|Inverkeithing||London North Eastern Railway
(London - Aberdeen)