Just two days after passenger services were inaugurated to Grand Central (New Street Station) on Midland Metro’s Birmingham City Centre extension came the opening of another stop with the new stop at Snow Hill welcoming its first passengers on Wednesday 1st June. The stop – which replaces the former terminus inside the railway station – was not quite completed in time for the opening day but with the finishing works now significantly progressed it is now possible to alight at the stop.
And that’s where some problems may actually start as access to the railway station directly from the stop isn’t actually available at the moment. The plan is that passengers will be able to alight from the tram at Snow Hill and access the railway station via the Livery Street entrance but unfortunately construction work to allow this hasn’t been completed yet. This means that any passenger who decides to get off the tram at Snow Hill has to walk alongside the grassed track towards the city centre and if they want to get to the station they almost have to go as far as Bull Street! In other words if you want Snow Hill station you are probably better off getting off at Bull Street as the walk will be shorter.
The first services to call at the new Snow Hill stop did so from the start of service on Wednesday 1st June and from now on all services will stop here.
* We will have full coverage from the opening of the full Birmingham City Centre extension on British Trams Online in the next few weeks.