Transport and Connectivity

The HotSW is well connected, with access to 4 international airports, 6 ports and a strong road and rail network, the Heart of the South West is easily accessible for the West Midlands, London and overseas.

Travelling to the Heart of the South West

  • By road: the M5 runs straight though the centre, connecting to the Midlands in under 2 1/2 hours and London in 3 1/2 hours.
  • By rail: a fast and frequent link operates to London, the Midlands and beyond and across the Heart of the South West.
  • By air: Exeter, Bristol, Bournemouth and Newquay Airports are within easy reach, opening up a world of opportunities.
  • By sea: The Heart of the South West has 6 ports along the Bristol and English Channels, including a Brittany Ferry Service from Plymouth to Roscoff and Santander, and the major container port of Southampton is 150 miles away

Many communities across the Heart of the South West benefit from commercially available superfast broadband. Plymouth is in the top 10 UK locations for coverage of superfast broadband, with significant investment underway to complete the roll-out.


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