HS2 Stakeholder Analysis

What is HS2?

High Speed 2 is the Labour party’s initiative to connect the North and South of the UK with a high speed, low carbon train network. It was officially launched in 2009 by Labour and has faced difficulty after difficulty trying to get the work started.

Phase one of HS2 is to connect London to Birmingham, and this has the green light from the government. Opposition has arisen from the constituencies that have been split, residents that have had their homes demolished and parties, such as UKIP and the Greens have slandered the project, calling for it to be stopped. However, the work to start phase one was green-lighted in parliament in 2017. Phase two, connecting Manchester and Leeds has not had complete permission granted yet and is in jeopardy of being stopped completely.


Stakeholders will need to be identified, there are many ways to do this, like brainstorming, advice and guidance from similar projects and continual monitoring will help identify stakeholders as well.


Internal Stakeholders External Stakeholders
Demand Side Supply Side Private Public
·        Department for Transport (sponsor)

·        British Government

·        Allan Cook, Chairman HS2 Ltd

·        Engineers

·        Contractors

·        Material Suppliers

·        Railway Industry Association

·        Staff

·        Local Residents

·        Local business and landowners

·        Special interest groups

·        Environmentalists

·        Conservationists

·        Archaeologists

·        Other Rail networks

·        Transport businesses

·        Taxpayers

·        Local Councils

·        Regulatory Agencies

·        Newspapers

·        European Rail Freight Association



Once you know who the stakeholders are you should analyse this further, creating a register with their information to determine how they should be managed.

Mendelow’s Power-Interest grid can help to breakdown the stakeholders into categories to help establish the best ways to communicate with them:




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