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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Planning Multi-Billion-Dollar Mega-Rail Projects in the UK - relevant lessons for North America

Start Date: 3/16/2021 2:00 PM EDT
End Date: 3/16/2021 3:00 PM EDT

Organization Name: REMSA

Madeleine Stern
Email: stern@remsa.org
Phone: (202) 715-2919

Webinar Synopsis
Stephen Pauling has 24 years-experience leading the development and strategic planning for multiple mega-rail projects in the UK. Currently, Divisional Director – Rail Planning with Jacobs for UK and Ireland, Stephen leads Jacobs’ work on supporting clients, mainly Public Sector Transit Planning Agencies, to develop proposals for the largest rail projects in the UK since the Victoria era!

Stephen has been on a long-term secondment from Jacobs as Head of Rail to Midlands Connect, one of seven Sub-National Transport Bodies in the England, which have strategic transportation and transit planning responsibilities. Stephen leads a small team that has complete responsibility for Midlands Engine Rail (MER).

With over 10 million people, the UK Midlands has Birmingham, the UK’s second city at its heart, with its own metro population of around 3 million people. MER is a $6bn program to deliver transformational economic growth across the UK Midlands region by enhancing its rail network for the benefit of both passengers and freight.

In addition, working with Transport for the North, Stephen has also provided substantial input to development of Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), a $50bn program to deliver new and enhanced rail links between all the major economic centres of the North of England. This includes connections centred on Manchester, the UK’s third city, with Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle upon Tyne.
Prior to joining Jacobs in 2017, Stephen spent ten years at Transport for London, working with then-Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, shaping development of the largest rail project ever proposed for London. Crossrail 2 is a $40bn project to deliver a 40-mile-long new underground metro line across London. Stephen’s work focused on taking a tenuous concept to a level of development ready for delivery with strong political support, benefitting the wider region.

Stephen’s presentation will briefly introduce all three mega-rail projects, their aims and objectives, with a focus on their current state of play, the engineering interface and key lessons learned that are genuinely relevant to North America.
Three key takeaways from this presentation to include:

1) How to engage across diverse regions to identify the optimum way forwards for mega rail projects;

2) How to ensure robust support from senior political leaders across the region to ensure momentum in developing and delivering mega-rail projects;

3) What engineering input is needed in the earlier stages of mega-rail project development, why this is vital, and the role of rail engineering and maintenance suppliers to support such proposals.

Read Stephen Pauling's biography here