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A MA­JOR trans­for­ma­tion of Kirk­caldy’s wa­ter­front could be com­pleted by the end of next year, it has been claimed.

Coun­cil­lor Neil Crooks, the con­vener of Fife Coun­cil’s Kirk­caldy area com­mit­tee, has said that one of the town’s busiest roads will be re­duced to a sin­gle lane in each di­rec­tion a bid to cre­ate more leisure space and car park­ing.

De­signed to tie in with a host of ex­cit­ing projects along the wa­ter­front, Mr Crooks be­lieves the project is the key to un­lock­ing the town’s eco­nomic po­ten­tial.

Con­firm­ing that con­tracts for the huge scheme would be ad­ver­tised within months, he said: “I have al­ways said that we needed to re­place some of the car park­ing that was lost when we built the swim­ming pool on the busiest car park in the town.

“We were orig­i­nally go­ing to go out to ten­der in Oc­to­ber but we have pushed this back to Jan­uary as we keep get­ting ideas that could be fac­tored in.”

Coun­cil­lors have long been de­ter­mined to trans­form the town’s wa­ter­front to cre­ate bet­ter ties be­tween it and the town cen­tre.

With the Es­planade seen as the main ob­sta­cle to this, traf­fic sur­veys have been car­ried out by the coun­cil’s trans­porta­tion depart­ment with the re­sults con­clud­ing that a sin­gle car­riage­way in each di­rec­tion would be able to sus­tain the vol­ume of traf­fic.

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