Stephen Pauling, Midlands Connect

Company | Midlands Connect
Job Position | Interim Head of Rail and HS2


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.

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