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High Street, Kirkcaldy vehicle access consultation

High Street, Kirkcaldy (Whytescauseway to Kirk Wynd) is a Pedestrian Zone. This means motor vehicles are not permitted within this area, with only a few exemptions.

Exempted vehicles are only permitted in the pedestrian zone at certain times. These exempted vehicles include blue badge holders and loading by goods vehicles. Emergency service vehicles are always exempted.

Fife Council introduced altered timings for these exempted vehicles during the COVID-19 pandemic, to allow more space for pedestrians and to allow more outdoor seating for food and drink. An Experimental Traffic Regulation Order continuing these timings will be in place to allow and encourage users of the High Street to share their views on the access timings.

The experimental restrictions prohibit exempted vehicles from entering the pedestrian zone from 11am to 5pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. This allows for goods vehicle loading and blue badge holder parking all day on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, and prior to 11am and after 5pm on the other days.

Fife Council are also considering a complete closure of High Street from Tolbooth Street to Kirk Wynd. Restricting access in this part of the High Street has potential to allow increased time for outdoor seating for cafés/restaurants etc. and accommodation of outdoor markets.

The consultation has now closed.