High Speed Rail Group

Promoting the delivery of a world class high speed rail network

Field Consulting supports the High Speed Rail Group (HSRG) which brings together high profile companies with relevant experience and an interest in high speed rail, and is committed to supporting the successful delivery of a world-class high speed rail network in Britain.

Our Work

We employ a range of engaging tactics to spark media and political interest:

We execute a comprehensive programme of proactive media engagement, rebutting negative stories and uniting the industry to speak with one voice to amplify support for what will be a transformative nationwide scheme.

Securing high profile coverage in titles including The Times, The Guardian, The Scotsman and The Yorkshire Post as well as trade titles New Civil Engineer and Rail Professional.

We have positioned HSRG as thought leaders by curating a range of thought pieces and reports on topics including the economic benefits of HS2, jobs and skills, net zero and health and well-being.

In 2021, we coordinated an event in Edinburgh for Members of the Scottish Parliament focused on Anglo-Scottish modal shift and its sustainability benefits ahead of COP26. We pulled together an expert panel made up of HSRG Board Member, Jim Steer; Chief Executive of the SCDI, Sara Thiam; Convenor of Transform Scotland’s Policy Forum, Paul Tetlaw; George Lowder MBE, Chief Executive of Transport for Edinburgh; and Alastair Dalton, Transport Correspondent at The Scotsman.

In 2022, we oversaw the publication of brand new polling data from across the Yorkshire region to understand public sentiment following the decision made by Government to curtail a section of the Eastern Leg of HS2.

We manage and coordinate political engagement across a targeted range of politicians and influencers and run a successful and engaging events programme which brings together key stakeholders. This includes Parliamentary receptions; roundtable dinners; a focused Party Conference programme including fringe events with both the Transport Secretary and Shadow Transport Secretary and regional focus group sessions which explores the role SMEs can play in the delivery of high speed rail.

We manage the HSRG annual conference, hosted in key cities along the line of route, which attract over 200 delegates including politicians, senior industry figures and local authority figures from across the UK who come together to champion the benefits of HS2.

Outcome

As a result of our efforts we have broadened and deepened support for the project. Our communications strategy has ensured that HS2 remains a government commitment despite significant opposition. HSRG is now widely regarded as having one of the most authoritative voices on high speed rail in the industry and continues to work closely with HS2 Ltd and the Department for Transport to promote the far-reaching benefits of the project.

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