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Stephen Pauling is Senior Associate Director at Jacobs, and is lead for Rail Planning for the UK and Ireland. In this role, Stephen has contributed to a number of the largest rail projects in the UK, including Northern Powerhouse Rail. For the last two years, Stephen has been on long-term secondment as Head of Rail to Midlands Connect, one of seven Sub-National Transport Bodies in the UK. Stephen leads a small team that has complete responsibility for Midlands Engine Rail, a £3.5bn programme to deliver a transformational change to the rail network of the East and West Midlands. Prior to joining Jacobs in 2017, Stephen led shaping all the transport planning work for the Crossrail 2 project (a £30bn 40-mile-long new underground rail line for London and the South East), at Transport for London for seven years. Stephen has gained a tremendous depth of experience in rail and transport planning, and has engaged extensively with senior political leaders, including Boris Johnson when he was Mayor of London.