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How to get to the UWS Lanarkshire Campus

The University of the West of Scotland's Lanarkshire Campus is located at Hamilton International Technology Park, with more than 80 local businesses. It is well served by public transport links. UWS supports and encourages students to make sustainable travel choices for their journey to Lanarkshire Campus wherever possible.

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Walking and cycling

If you live within 2 miles of Lanarkshire Campus, or are alighting the train at Blantyre, we would encourage staff and students to get fit by walking. If you live a bit further away, you could cycle to campus.

Active commuters will be supported with 100 cycle parking spaces, with enhanced cycle provision and repair kits and tools in a secure compound. Shower facilities on every floor of each building will allow all active commuters to freshen up before their day begins. We are also working with South Lanarkshire Council to improve walking & cycling routes and are investigating a bike hire scheme to facilitate more cycling to and from Campus.

Sustrans are an organisation that maintain national cycle routes in the UK. Enter the Lanarkshire Campus postcode (G72 0LH) into the Sustrans map to see routes that take you close to the campus. Cycle parking, shower facilities and lockers are available throughout the campus. 

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Public transport

We recently announced new transport links to the campus, the U1 provided by First Bus. Details and a timetable are available here:

Download bus timetable

The UWS Lanarkshire Campus is well served by public transport links. There are bus stops within close proximity to the campus (201, 205, 226 and 250). Blantyre train station is within a 40 minute walk of campus and also served by the 205).

Timetables for local bus and rail services will be available at the campus reception. Alternatively, you can plan your walking, cycling or public transport route with Google Maps or Traveline Scotland.

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By car

The Lanarkshire campus has ample car parking – shared between staff and students. If you intend to drive, please consider car sharing. As well as saving carbon it will reduce your fuel costs - typical savings are around £700 a year from Motherwell and nearly £1400 from Glasgow City Centre.

As well as decreasing carbon emissions, car-sharing significantly reduces fuel costs. The UWS journey share scheme can help you find someone to share your journey with.

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Travelling to Lanarkshire Campus from overseas

There are two international airports close to our Scottish campuses: Glasgow International Airport (GLA) and Glasgow Prestwick Airport (PIK). If you arrive into London by air you can take a direct flight to Glasgow International Airport or Glasgow Prestwick Airport. There are frequent services from London to these airports and the flight only takes one hour.

Alternatively, there are train services operating from central London from where you can access connecting bus, rail and road networks to our Scottish campuses.

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Glasgow International Airport 

The best way to travel from Glasgow International Airport to Lanarkshire Campus is to take a bus to Glasgow Central train station and then a train to Hamilton West train station. Trains to Hamilton West leave from the lower level platforms in Glasgow Central train station and the journey will take approximately 25 minutes. The Trainline website provides information about train times and fares. 

Lanarkshire Campus accommodation is a 5 to 10 minute walk from Hamilton West train station: 

  • Exit the train station and turn left onto Clydesdale Street 
  • Follow the one-way street around to the right onto Douglas Street 
  • At the traffic lights turn left onto Almada Street 
  • Walk down to Barrack Street (second street on your left)  
  • Lanarkshire Campus accommodation is the large brick building on the corner of Almada Street and Barrack Street 

If you would prefer to take a taxi from Hamilton West train station, contact the Accommodation Office in advance of your journey for advice: 

If your plane arrives into Glasgow International Airport after the last train to Hamilton has left, you will need to take a taxi to Hamilton, costing approximately £45. 

Glasgow Prestwick Airport 

From Glasgow Prestwick Airport, take the train to Glasgow Central train stationAll passengers receive discounted rail tickets on proof of air travel (e.g. flight itinerary or boarding pass). The journey takes around 50 minutes. Trains operate approximately every 30 minutes, for most of the day, and every hour on a Sunday. 

When you arrive at Glasgow Central station you can take a train to Hamilton West. Trains leave from the lower level platforms in Glasgow Central train station and the journey will take approximately 25 minutes. The Trainline website provides information about train times and fares. 

If your plane arrives into Glasgow Prestwick Airport after the last train to Glasgow Central train station and onwards to Hamilton West, you will need to take a taxi to Hamilton, costing approximately £55 to £70. Taxis are available from the front of the airport and can also be called from the airport. Airport staff can assist you if required.

Last updated: 12/06/2018