Infrastructure and connectivity

Providing a safe, efficient, effective and sustainable transport system, for both passengers and freight, sits at the heart of Scotland’s international strategy - one that better serves global markets, strengthens our trade links and develops sustainable economic growth.

Scotland's investment in infrastructure projects

Scotland has benefited from over £20 billion investment across trunk roads, rail, buses, ferries and air services as well as active travel - connecting tourism, business and communities better than ever before. This included delivery of the:

A trio bridges, over the Firth of Forth - The Forth Rail Bridge, Forth road Bridge and, Queensferry crossing. Photo credit - VisitScotlad/Stuart Brunton

Support for cleaner cities

The Scottish Government is backing further investment in strategic infrastructure projects that will continue to support Scotland’s economy over the next 20 years.

For example, the introduction of Low Emission Zones in four cities – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee – will encourage investment in cleaner transports technologies and Smart Cities.

Investment opportunities

Scotland is open for business and ready to share opportunities with you to invest in large scale infrastructure and real estate projects.

We can connect you to the right people and assist and support you throughout the investment process. We give you access to our innovation and investment hubs and global support network.

Scotland is leading the transition to a carbon neutral economy 

Scotland remains the best-placed country in Europe to realise Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) on a commercial scale:

  • £20 millionEnergy Investment Fund 
  • £60 million Low Carbon Innovation Fund 
  • An Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map, that will lead to over £10 billion of activity to retrofit existing homes and buildings throughout all parts of Scotland 
  • 100% of Scotland’s energy needs met by renewables by 2030 
  • £25 million to support innovation in wave and tidal technologies 
Image of commercial subsea engineering testing at at Oceanlab: the subsea research facility of the University of Aberdeen.

Scotland is at the forefront of markets in ultra-low emission vehicles 

  • Investing £15 million to expand Scotland’s electric vehicle (EV) charging network 
  • Investing in platforms to support testing and demonstration facilities 
  • Upscaling opportunities across emerging hydrogen transport markets 
  • Supporting research and development of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) or driverless cars 
Electric vehicle - Photo by Mike from Pexels

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Locations for your business

Scotland’s cities and regions are booming. Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen cities are all among the top ten cities in the UK for attracting international investment.

Access to markets

Invest in Scotland for easy access to some of the world's fastest-growing markets.  

Partners and networks

We can connect you to the right people, in the right place and at the right time - helping you make the right connections for your business to flourish in Scotland.

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