Queen Street Station
Queen Street Station
Why Glasgow?

Infrastructure

Glasgow has the scale and capacity of infrastructure to access much wider markets and also achieve regional resilience.

An important node in the European airport network, Glasgow’s international air connectivity is very high by global standards. Meanwhile, the cluster of national renewable energy groups in the region makes it a global leader in green energy sources. Glasgow is a gateway city, home to the UK's second busiest railway station outside of London. It is also a first adopter with the highest long-range IoT coverage and 3G/4G signal strength among UK core cities while driving the development of next generation 5G networks through the lion's share of active projects nationally.

Located on the River Clyde in west-central Scotland, Glasgow sits at the centre of Scotland’s only metropolitan region.  

With a population of 1.8m the Glasgow City Region is a key driver for both the Scottish and the UK economies.  As a result, Glasgow benefits from a well-developed transportation network that ensures excellent access and connectivity.  From Glasgow it is easy to do business in the UK, Europe and beyond.

Airport Connections to Glasgow…

15 mins

to Glasgow Airport

from Glasgow City Centre

45 mins

to Glasgow Prestwick Airport

from Glasgow City Centre

1 hour

to Edinburgh Airport

from Glasgow City Centre

Glasgow Airport

Glasgow is Scotland’s principal long-haul airport as well as Scotland’s largest charter hub. 

Glasgow Airport serves more Scottish destinations than any other airport and is a key component of Scotland’s transport infrastructure. 

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Destinations worldwide, include:

  • Canada
  • United States
  • The Caribbean
  • Europe 
  • Asia 
  • Middle East 

100+

destinations worldwide

9.9m

passengers per year

(2019)

2 hour

flight times to most European destinations

1 hour

flight time to London

30+

daily flights to/from London 

Bus

Over £59m is being invested in new fully electric and zero emission vehicles by First Bus. 

This will result in nearly 20% of the First Glasgow fleet moving to electric by 2022.

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22

bus operators serve Glasgow City Centre

170

services running in and out of Glasgow

16m

passengers served every year

Subway

Glasgow’s underground subway has recently undergone a £300m refurbishment. 

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15

stations

Peak times

trains every 4 minutes

Off peak

trains every 10-12 minutes

Road

Scotland’s trunk road and motorway network connects its cities, towns, airports and ports enabling the movement of people, goods and services.

The roads are well maintained and, in general, the traffic density is lighter than other parts of the UK. Glasgow is served by four motorway systems which efficiently connect the Glasgow City Region and beyond.

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Rail

Glasgow has the UK’s largest suburban rail network outside London.  Its biggest rail station, Glasgow Central, handles 29m passengers per year and offers connections to all parts of the UK. 

Queen Street Station, the smaller of the city's two main line railway termini and the third busiest station in Scotland, has just completed a £120m improvement programme in 2021.

Over 75% of ScotRail journeys are using zero emission trains helping Glasgow to reach its ambitious target of becoming a net zero city by 2030.

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Travel Durations

50 minutes

to Edinburgh

3 hrs 30 m

to Manchester

4 hrs 30 m

to London

Digital Connectivity

Glasgow is moving up the ranks as a UK digital infrastructure leader, with work underway on one of Europe’s largest city-wide full fibre rollouts.  

In mid-2019, Glasgow’s full fibre deployment was circa 300km. This initial investment led by Glasgow City Council was focussed on priority locations including schools, health centres, hospitals and public buildings.  Today Glasgow is well on its way to being the best connected city in the UK with over 5,000km of planned and deployed full fibre digital infrastructure – underpinning Glasgow as a Smart Connected City connecting public services including traffic lights and CCTV and providing the essential fibre foundation for the expanding 5G rollout.  This guarantees that the city has a modern fit-for-purpose and future-proofed digital infrastructure with a number of infrastructure providers investing across the city, including CityFibre and BT.  

Glasgow is also the first UK local authority to establish a pioneering telecoms unit and portal to facilitate digital infrastructure investment in the city.  This pro-active industry engagement has already yielded significant results in both attracting investment and enabling the roll-out of 5G, full fibre and enhancement of existing infrastructure. Another first for a UK city is Glasgow’s signing of small cell agreements which allows mobile companies to both enhance the 4G capacity in the city as well as being prepared for further 5G services.