Broxburn lies to the north of the M8. It was once two distinct settlements, Broxburn to the East and Uphall to the West. The area we now know as Broxburn began to develop in the early 1820s, with the building of the Union Canal. It developed further in 1849 when the railway was built nearby.
The town was further boosted in 1859, when it was discovered that the area was built on layers of rich oil bearing shale. This meant that Broxburn played a key part in the West Lothian oil boom of the late 1800s.
Today, Broxburn is largely a commuter town, thanks to its proximity to the M8 and the industrial areas of Livingston.