In March 2021, the High Speed Rail Group (HSRG) and Railway Industry Association (RIA) created and issued a joint survey to SMEs in the rail supply chain, inviting them to share their opinions and expectations of HS2.
This survey was divided into two branches, one for HS2 suppliers and one for non-HS2 suppliers. Suppliers were asked about how they expected HS2 to impact their businesses regarding turnover, staffing, and skills. Non-suppliers were asked about any barriers faced to applying for HS2 contracts, the expected impact on their business should they win a contract, and opinions on the Eastern Leg.
This survey was open for around one month, during which time there were 113 responses from SMEs, including businesses both in the HS2 supply chain (61 responses) and outside (52 responses) across the UK.
The key findings include:
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