Grangemouth is stuck in the middle. About half way between Edinburgh and Glasgow, the town is nestled in the centre of Scotland. But it is caught in time as well as place. Over the past century, Scotland’s economy has pivoted from manufacturing in the west to finance and oil in the east. Grangemouth, a manufacturer of oil products, has helped the Falkrik area to bridge this historical divide. A vast labyrinth of pipes 4,000km long atop an area the size of 640 football pitches, it makes for some bulwark.
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