High Speed 2 (HS2) is one of the largest and most complex transport schemes ever undertaken.
A critical success factor for the new programme is that it needs to integrate with the existing Network Rail infrastructure seamlessly, both from an engineering perspective and an operational one. The need for interoperability exponentially increases the planning and stakeholder management challenge.
Coupled with the technical, logistical and operational challenge is the need for significant political and governmental oversight. Assurance is a critical part of ensuring the ongoing viability of the programme and its outcomes as well as meeting demonstrating confidence and capability to the taxpayer.