The Wellbeing Impact Study of HS2 (WISH2) aims to understand how the High-Speed Rail 2 development (HS2), a large national transport project in England, might affect the mental health and wellbeing of people who live near the railway line.

The project is being undertaken by the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research which includes researchers from RAND Europe and the University of Cambridge.

This research is focused on Phase 2 of the HS2 development. What we learn from this study will contribute to the design and assessment of later phases of the HS2 scheme. Overall, this research will develop a new way of understanding how transport projects can affect people’s mental health and wellbeing and help to develop ways of supporting communities where these projects are built.