- Related link Kilmarnock Town Centre.
- Related link Public Car Parks and Tariffs - Ayrshire Roads Alliance.
- Related link Bank Street.
- Kilmarnock is a large town in East Ayrshire, located to the west of the A77.
- This guide covers the main shopping area in King Street.
- King Street runs from the junction with St Marnock Street and Titchfield Street (on the A735) to the south until The Cross near Bank Street in the north.
- It is approximately 275m (0.17miles) and takes about 5 minutes to walk.
- The shopping area is generally level or with slight slopes.
- Footpaths on both sides are of concrete paving slabs.
- The paved areas on each side are around 275cm wide.
- The pedestrianised central road surface is lightly cobbled block paving.
- The central cobbled area is approximately 600cm wide, with several paved crossing areas.
- There are many opportunities to sit and rest.
- By Car:
- Kilmarnock Town Centre is located approximately 1 mile from the A77, using Queens Drive (A735) from the south or Grassyards Road (B7082) from the north.
- King Street is in the town centre and runs from south to north.
- To the south it begins at the junction with St Marnock Street and Titchfield Street.
- At The Cross to the north it becomes Portland Street beyond Bank Street and The Foregate.
- There are short and long stay car parks in the town centre and nearby on-street Blue Badge parking.
- By Bus:
- The bus station is approximately 100m from The Cross from The Foregate and is served by many routes to surrounding areas.
- By Train:
- Kilmarnock Station is approximately 450m (0.28 miles) from The Cross, a 5 minute walk along West George Street and Portland Street.
- There is a steep slope or steps to the station.
- There are steps to platform 4 (southbound).
- There is a taxi rank outside the station.
- *On-Street Blue Badge Parking*
- There are 3 Blue Badge bays in Queen Street.
- The Queen Street Blue Badge bays are 15-30m from King Street.
- There are 3 further on-street Blue Badge bays in James Shaw Lane near the bus station, 140-165m from King Street.
- There are also 3 bays here for Shopmobility users.
- *Public Car Parks*
- There are several pay & display car parks nearby. Blue Badge holders are exempt from payment at these car parks.
- Sturrock Street car park is probably the closest with several Blue Badge bays, 45-80m from central King Street.
- Queen Street car park is also close along with the adjoining Princes Street car park which offers Blue Badge bays throughout.
- To the south west is St Marnock Street car park which has some Blue Badge bays approximately 95m from King Street via Bridge Lane.
- East George Street to the north offers several Blue Badge bays and is approximately 150m from King Street via Portland Street to The Cross.
- Foregate (North) and Foregate (South) off James Shaw Crescent also offer Blue Badge bays.
- The Foregate car parks are approximately 200m from King Street.
- There is a drop-off turning circle in front of the bus station at The Foregate near The Cross.
- *Taxi Rank*
- There is a taxi rank in front of the bus station in James Shaw Lane.
St. Marnock Street Crossing
- This crossing is at the southern end of the shopping area.
- One-way traffic heading north on Titchfield Street makes a sharp left turn into St. Marnock Street.
- The pedestrianised King Street meets at the corner.
- The pedestrian crossing is push button controlled and has audible and visual signals.
- There is no rotating cone under the push button for visually impaired users.
- There are dropped kerbs on both sides of the crossing and tactile paving on the south side.
- Metal studs in the road guide pedestrians straight across St. Marnock Street or to the right across Titchfield Street.
- At certain times, delivery and service vehicles may leave the one-way King Street at this junction.
- Any traffic exiting King Street is controlled by a separate traffic light and drivers will be aware pedestrians have priority on King Street.
- Both paved sides of King Street are free from traffic at all times.
- This junction crossing was fenced off due to construction work in June 2021 so may not be available.
King Street - Titchfield / St Marnock Street Junction - Queen Street
- The south of King Street begins from the corner junction of Titchfield Street where traffic turns into St. Marnock Street.
- There are paved surfaces on each side, and light cobbles in the central road area.
- The road has an easy slope up to the centre and down again at the sides.
- There are some square brick block bollards with a pink colour between the cobbled road and paving on either side.
- There are also larger blocks around the base of street lighting, straight benches, dustbins and trees circled with benches between the paved and central cobbled areas on each side.
- There is a set of traffic lights near the junction for service vehicles using the central pedestrianised street.
- These lights are for traffic only and do not offer buttons to cross.
- Traffic using this area will be aware pedestrians have priority.
- There are wide paved areas crossing the central area which can be used to bypass the light modern cobbles.
Queen Street / Bridge Lane - Water Lane
- There is access to King Street from the end of Queen Street where it is pedestrianised beyond the designated parking.
- There are many low brick bollards between the pavements and central area of the street.
- There is a map signpost board, a post box, dustbins and bike rails in this area.
- Queen Street is to the east side of King Street, with Bridge Lane over on the other side.
- Bridge Lane provides access from the west and could be used for St. Marnock Street car parks alternative entrance on Nelson Street.
- The pedestrian bridge and Bridge Lane have easy, long slopes to King Street.
- Street lighting in this part of King Street no longer has the large brick bases, although there are still many small brick bollards between the paving and central areas.
- There are further benches in line with the bollards and dustbins on either side.
- There are some interesting artwork sculptures posing for a dive to keep a look out for.
Sandbed Lane / Sturrock Street Car Park
- Water Lane and Sandbed Lane are similar access points to Bridge Lane on the west side of King Street with long easy slopes up from Kilmarnock Water.
- On the opposite side there is level access from Sturrock Street car park from a wide lane with a block paving surface.
- There is a map on King Street facing the paved central crossing near the lane to Sturrock Street car park.
- There are further trees with circular benches around their bases in this area.
- There are semi circular benches at the larger brick bases to street lighting.
- There are also straight benches and low brick bollards between the paved and central areas of the street.
- Shelter is offered on the east side of the paving in front of stores in this section of the street and further to the north.
King Street - The Cross
- The north end of King Street has some concrete pillars between the sheltered paved and cobbled central road areas.
- There are some further paved central crossing strips to bypass the light cobbles.
- Towards the south of the pillars there are sculptures 'submerged' low (up to 70cm) in the pavement.
- This part of King Street crosses Kilmarnock Water beneath.
- There is one on either side, in-line with the benches, lighting, bins and pillars.
- They are greenish bronze and have a polished surface which provides a good colour contrast.
- There is up-lighting at the sculptures when it is darker.
- In June 2021 there were some construction works fenced off near The Cross.
- The fencing does contrast visually with the paving, as shown in photographs 8 and 9.
- King Street merges with The Cross to the north where all the streets meet in a pedestrianised circle.
- There is a large statue of Robert Burns (Poet) and John Wilson (Burn's 'First Edition' printer) in the centre which offers seating below.
- This area is mainly modern light cobbles crossed with paved paths.
- North of King Street from here becomes Portland Street which is also pedestrianised.
- To the north east is The Foregate pedestrianised area leading to the bus station, taxi rank and James Shaw Lane.
- To the east is Burns Mall Shopping Centre.
- Bank Street is to the west where there are some small brick bollards on the central road. As it has a one way traffic flow, the paved area should be used.
- On the north of The Cross in front of the old domed bank are larger benches around the base of trees.
- Near to the trees there are 2 life-size bronze sculptures of large dogs.
- There is also up-lighting at these sculptures when it is darker.
- There are standard street lighting posts and some dustbins in this area.
- There may also be outdoor seating and A-board menus near cafés.
- The nearest public toilets are at Burns Mall Public Convenience within Burns Mall.
- The nearest Changing Places facility is located at the entrance to Kilmarnock Bus Station.
- Some venues along this route may also have their own customer toilet facilities available.
- Please refer to the separate guides for details.
Access Guides Available For (King Street)
- River Island - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- Timpson - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- Optical Express - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- Marks & Spencer - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- Boots - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- Salvation Army - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- Tech Doctor - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- Sense Scotland - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- Card Factory - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- O2 - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- Bonmarché - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- Savers - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- JD - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- Claire’s - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- Killie Gold - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- Goldsmiths - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- New Look - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- DM Fruit Co - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- 3 Store - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- Shoe Zone - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- CEX - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- Stewart Travel - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- EE - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
- Vodafone - To view the access guide please click here (new tab).
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