Midlothian is in the heart of east-central Scotland, and is closely linked to the capital city economy. With a host of food and drink, tourism, business and retail offer, it really is a great place to live, work and visit.

Midlothian offers the perfect blend of urban and rural living, and green transport links to the capital and beyond. The Borders Railway connects Eskbank (Dalkeith), Newtongrange, Gorebridge and Shawfair to Edinburgh and the south.

The area is strategically linked to the A1 corridor, connecting Edinburgh to the Scottish Borders and the north of England. The M8 links Midlothian to Glasgow and the west of Scotland, and the M90 to Perth and the north. The A68, A7, A701, A702 and the A720 link to the north, south, west and east. 

Midlothian is near to Edinburgh International Airport, and Glasgow Airport is just 1.5 hours away, providing strong freight links and connection to major international markets.

High Speed Digital Connectivity

Over 98% of Midlothian premises (nearly 9,000) have access to broadband speeds of 24Mbps or more. That will increase as initiatives such as the Scottish Government’s Reaching 100 (R100) programme roll-out.

The Scottish Broadband Voucher Scheme (SBVS) is now live.

Midlothian residents and businesses can now visit the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband website to find out if their address has access to Superfast Broadband and find out their eligibility for SBVS.

The SBVS will provide two distinct levels of subsidy:

  • A voucher worth up to £5,000 to help deliver a permanent broadband connection to those properties for which there is no roll-out of superfast broadband planned (either commercially or via R100 contracts).
  • A voucher worth up to £400 to help deliver an interim connection to those properties for which there is roll-out of superfast broadband planned, but not until after the end of 2021. Properties in more difficult-to-reach locations may be eligible for an additional subsidy of £250.

In some cases, rural addresses may be eligible to combine Scottish Government funding of up to £5,000 with funding from the UK Government’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme (GBVS) which provides £1,500 for rural homes and £3,500 for rural businesses. If this is the case, you chosen supplier will take this into account automatically and manage the application process.

To find an approved supplier please refer to the Supplier List. Midlothian suppliers are on page 10 of this document.

For any other queries relating to digital connectivity in Midlothian please refer to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband FAQ page, or contact us if you have any other queries.

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