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Location and Transport Links

West Lothian is 30 minutes from Edinburgh and Glasgow City Centres making it an ideal location for businesses to grow. Considerable savings can be made with 30% lower property costs than the cities while being in close proximity.

Over 200 distribution companies have recognised the benefit of West Lothian’s strategic location in Scotland, which makes it ideal for logistics operations. West Lothian has direct links to many main motorways like the M8 linking Glasgow and Edinburgh together. The M9 also passes by giving the central belt access to the highlands. Situated 18 miles from Livingston town centre is The Queensferry Crossing, the third and most recent of the Forth bridges. This major investment represents a massive upgrade to the Forth transport corridor. Businesses and residents are also within one hour’s travel from over half of Scotland’s businesses, 8 universities and 10 colleges.

West Lothian is well serviced locally by frequent bus and rail services, home to Scotland’s busiest unmanned railway station, Livingston North. There is an average of 47 trains a day departing for Edinburgh and 49 for Glasgow. Onward travel is easy with connecting buses, trains and aeroplanes.

Edinburgh Airport is a 10-minute drive from Livingston while Glasgow Airport can be reached in around 35-40 minutes. Edinburgh Airport’s new terminal is now home to more than 50 airlines, while both airports travel to over 100 destinations worldwide. Below is a map of West Lothian showing the main towns and destinations.

West Lothian - Scotland's Hub

Are you considering a new location for your business? With excellent transport links, a strong economy, highly skilled people and a quality lifestyle and working environment, West Lothian is the perfect location.

Click below to learn more about why West Lothian is Scotland's Hub.

West Lothian Council's Active Travel Plan

West Lothian Council plan to provide more opportunities for active travel by connecting people to the places they wish to go, delivering infrastructure and a culture that enables walking, wheeling, and cycling to be more popular choices for short, everyday journeys. This Plan is a single component of what will need to be a collaborative effort with local communities, community organisations, other public sector partners, and other branches across the Council.

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