Infrastructure and connectivity

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The place to do business easily

Transport and digital connections to accelerate your productivity.

Scotland is brilliantly connected for business. We have all the transport links, digital networks, premises and facilities for modern business to thrive.

Like our inter-connected motorway network, efficient rail links, deep-water ports and international airports. All combine to carry goods and people swiftly and reliably, within and beyond Scotland's borders.

And Scotland's ever-expanding broadband and 4G services keep our digital economy, and your business, moving too.

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Vital international air links 

Our airports and airways are your bridge to the world.

Scotland's five main airports have direct international flights that connect millions of passengers with 150 destinations worldwide. And these routes are growing year by year. If you're heading for London, it can be just an hour away with an average of 100 flights every day.

Oil and gas workers use the world's busiest heliport in Aberdeen.

For businesses that require it, bulk and specialist air freight services can move your express delivery imports and exports with next-day urgency.

Building bridges, opening roads

Steady infrastructure investment driving down your costs and journey times.

£2.7 billion will be invested in major road infrastructure improvements by 2020. Increasing access and reducing costs for key sectors.

The new Forth Crossing, a vital north-south artery, will cut congestion for two million road users daily. Widening the A9 to Inverness and building the Aberdeen bypass will also help. Major upgrades to three of Scotland’s busiest motorways will drive down journey times in the Central Belt, where over 60% of Scotland lives and works.

Three bridges over Forth
New Forth Crossing (left). Pic courtesy Transport Scotland.
Borders Railways workers

Speeding up the rail revolution

Major railway upgrades on track to increase your business efficiency.

Rail investment has already cut journey times between Glasgow and Edinburgh to 45 minutes. More improvements are planned for all seven Scottish cities, adding 200 trains and 200,000 seats.

Frequent, direct rail journeys to London can take as little as 4.5 hours with speedy connections to other UK cities.

New trams in Edinburgh, an upgraded Glasgow subway and a new rail link to the Scottish Borders will further improve efficiency.

Scotland’s seaports

Moving your goods or passengers by sea is another efficient option.

  • Scots ports handle international cargo, warehousing and distribution, passenger ferries, and offshore oil and gas services
  • Grangemouth port on the east coast is Scotland's largest multi-modal container terminal and a major UK petro-chemical complex
  • There are seven major, fully-operational deep-water ports in Scotland
  • Frequent ferry services service connect with Europe, Ireland and Scotland's island communities
  • Scotland's west coast harbours offer comprehensive mooring, chandlery and leisure facilities for yachting
Aberdeen harbour

Scotland’s superfast superhighways

£410 million investment in digital connectivity.

Besides superfast broadband, 95% of Scots premises will be covered by a 4G network by the end of 2017. In the major cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh, free outdoor WiFi in the city centre already offers fast, free and efficient internet connectivity.

All seven major cities in Scotland are working to become Smart Cities. This will better manage urban congestion, maximise energy efficiency, enhance public safety, help improve air quality and traffic flow, and cut pollution.

95% of Scotland will be connected to superfast broadband by 2018.

Scottish Government Digital Ambition for Scotland

Invest in Scotland’s infrastructure now

There are £7.5 billion of infrastructure project opportunities in Scotland right now.

The Scottish Cities Alliance Pitch Book showcases exciting opportunities across seven Scottish cities:

  • Aberdeen
  • Dundee
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Inverness
  • Perth
  • Stirling

It’s a diverse portfolio of large-scale, high quality, investor-ready projects, in both public and private sectors. There are office, commercial and industrial developments, hotel and leisure, as well as mixed use and infrastructure.

Besides large-scale, site-specific projects, there is also potential to bring together smaller schemes to create projects of scale that you might find attractive.

A single point-of-contact eases the process for you to explore the possibilities. Why not find out more about investing in Scotland’s infrastructure now?

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Scotland's Enterprise Areas

Make the most of Scotland's modern infrastructure with our dedicated Enterprise Areas.

To maximise development and increase your company's return on inward investment, certain areas of Scotland have been designated Enterprise Areas. 

Scotland's Enterprise Areas cover sixteen sites across the country. Locate in one of these and your business can benefit in several ways:

  • Discounted business rates (up to 100%) available at 14 sites OR 
  • Enhanced capital allowances for investment in plant and machinery at three sites 
  • A streamlined approach to planning 
  • High speed broadband connections 
  • Skills and training support to fully capitalise on the employment opportunities created

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