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High Speed Two

Providing robust, fast and flexible hosting for the High Speed Two website

The Client

High Speed Two (HS2) is the new railway that will be the backbone of Britain’s transport network. The aim of the new railway is to free up space on congested rail lines. Relieving overcrowding and improving reliability for the people using Britain’s railways.

The Challenge

High Speed Two (HS2) is a government project of interest to many people. The HS2 website acts as an information portal for those who wish to learn more about the project. It was crucial that the website could withstand highly variable traffic. As visits could peak around the time of new announcements.

It was also essential that the site could host different types of media. Visitors to the site needed to be able to view and download statements on policy. As well as view detailed and high-resolution maps and plans relating to the project.

Desktop, Macbook, tablet and iPhone showing pages from the High Speed 2's website

The Solution

A robust hosting platform was crucial to the management of the website. Our team provided hosting on our virtual private cloud hosting solution. Situated in our tier 3 ISO 27001 data centre in Kent.

We then provided full stress and penetration testing. The aim of which was to ensure that we could scale the site in response to spikes in traffic.

High Speed Two had chosen Drupal as their content management system of choice. Having worked on Drupal sites for many years we were able to support them in this choice. Our specialist knowledge enabled us to manage many issues in a pre-emptive manner.

The launched website helps keep the public up to speed on HS2's progress. Allowing visitors to find out more about the proposed route and plans.

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