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8 cool facts that you might not know about the Kingsway

Whenever you're about driving in Dundee, there's a chance you'll head on the Kingsway, which serves as one of the primary routes through the city. It connects various parts of Dundee and is an essential link for traffic passing through the city. Here are eight cool facts that you might not know about the Kingsway.

It was thought up by the architect of the Caird Hall

The Caird Hall's architect, James Thomson, who was the City Engineer, thought up of the idea of the Kingsway. Thomson's forward-thinking approach to urban planning and architecture left a lasting impact on Dundee's infrastructure and development. His dual role as an architect and City Engineer allowed him to seamlessly integrate his creative vision with practical solutions, shaping the city's landscape for generations to come.

It was named for Edward VII

The name Kingsway, was initially created during the planning phase, and it was intended to honour the reigning monarch at that time, Edward VII, even though the construction was actually completed during the reign of George V, the grandson of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

It opened in 1919 after eight years of planning

The Kingsway officially opened to the public in 1919, marking the culmination of an intricate planning process that commenced back in 1911. This grand opening symbolised a significant milestone in urban development, as the meticulous planning and execution of this project spanned several years, reflecting a commitment to enhancing the city's infrastructure and connectivity.

It was intended to be a tree-lined avenue

The Kingsway was originally conceived to be a wide, tree-lined avenue, was a long time in the planning and construction, however due to the ever growing industries and the need for housing, this idea was initially scrapped.

It has 7 circles/roundabouts

The Kingsway has seven roundabouts, or in Dundee terms, circles. They are:

  1. Swallow Roundabout

  2. Myrekirk Roundabout

  3. Strathmartine Roundabout

  4. Old Glamis Road Roundabout

  5. Pitkerro Roundabout

  6. Mid-Craigie Roundabout

  7. Scott Fyffe Roundabout

Caird Park is where West meets East

The Kingsway is split into two sections, Kingsway West and Kingsway East, which converge at the Forfar Road Junction right next to Caird Park.

It stretches 5.5 miles

The Kingsway stretches for about 5.5 miles (8.85 kilometres) across the northern part of Dundee. It connects the A90, which runs north to Aberdeen, with the A92, heading towards Arbroath and the East Neuk of Fife.

Many thought it would be a waste of time

Many Dundonians during the planning stages of the Kingsway thought it would be a waste of time to build as there wouldn't be enough traffic to justify it - turns out that was not the case at all!


Catherine Wykes
Catherine Wykes
6 days ago

Did you know there’s a very short stretch of 1930s cycle track running alongside Kingsway West between Old Glamis Road and Strathmartine Road? Frustratingly, the only reason it was never completed was because at the time, working class cyclists were convinced it would lead to them being bullied off the roads by wealthy car owners. Of course as cars got cheaper, cyclists got bullied off the road anyway but were left with no safe alternatives and we still find ourselves in that position today!


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