The main building of the station is located on the south side of a forecourt. This forecourt is bounded to the west by a wall between the forecourt and platform 3, to the north by the Quality Hotel and to the east by a car park between the forecourt and platform 2. The entrance/exit road leads northeast from the northeast corner of the forecourt to the junction of King's Place (north/south) and Marshall Place which runs east, under the tracks from platforms 1 - 2. Note that this east wall veers away towards the east, following the Aberdeen line.
There's an island in the forecourt, opposite the station entrance. The short stay car park is to the north of this, whilst the road passing outside the station entrance is the taxi rank, you queue from the right. The vehicle drop-off is on the north side of the island.
Glasgow Road (east/west) crosses the tracks of the mainline, at the north end of platforms 4 and 7.
There are two entrances/exits to the station. The main entrance is via the forecourt into the concourse, whilst a second entrance/exit, mainly for vehicles, though it is accessible to pedestrians, is via a ramp off the south side of Glasgow Road into the north car park between platforms 4 and 7. Note that this entrance is now gated.
There's a crossing of Kings Place. Follow the left-hand (northwest) side of the exit road round to your left and locate the tactile paving, leading away from the Quality Hotel. This is a single-stage crossing with a sounder and tactile paving at each end. The post, with push button and rotating cone is to your right as you cross in either direction.
We found no pedestrian crossing of Glasgow Road near the second entrance.
There's a bus stop on each side of Kings Place. These gave little indication of services at the time of our survey. We understand that the bus station, serving mainly longer distance buses is off the east end of St Andrews Street, beyond the scope of this survey.
windows of cafe bar|
taxi queue to right
The outside of the path has shrubs and seats in the southeast and southwest corners.
building on platform 3|
wall retreats with blank door in south side
wide blank door
parking ticket machine
wide blank door
Quality Hotel, step up from west, ramp to east, entrance on north.|
exit road to right
entrance/exit road, divided by island, no formal crossing|
blank wall, beside platform 2
vehicle drop-off to right, on north side of island
vehicle road, not for public use
The road from the north car park leads north up the ramp. There’s a pavement on the left-hand (west) side.
The road veers left across track 7 then through gates before joining Glasgow road, running west from the town.
We turn right (east) from here, towards the main station entrance. We cross a side road before reaching a bus stop, giving no service details.
Continue, down the hill, past shops etc. then take the next turning right (south) into Caledonian Road.
Continue south, crossing Kinnoull Causeway, the road continues down the gradual slope. We cross Caledonian Road, no formal crossing, before we reach the rear of the Quality Hotel, then follow the road left into St Andrews Street. Cross St Andrews Street, turn left then take the turning right into King's Place. From here you can follow the pavement past the hotel building, to the entrance/exit road. You pass a bus stop and the crossing of Kings Place. We suggest you cross the exit, onto the island then cross the entrance then turn right then left into the forecourt. You cross a vehicle access road before you reach the station building, the entrance is a few metres to your right (west).
It may be easiest to turn left from the main exit and follow the forecourt round to your right then right again, then turn left onto the pavement of the exit road. Turn left, into Kings Place, continue to the crossing, Cross Kings Place then turn right. Follow the left-hand side of the road which bends left, into Marshall Place. We understand you take the turning left, into King Street, which leads into the city centre.
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