New Birmingham Snow Hill stop to open at Easter – temporarily

There is more disruption on the way for Midland Metro passengers with weekend closures planned as part of the work to open the line through Birmingham City Centre to New Street station. This work will include attention to the new Snow Hill stop to allow it to open temporarily over the Easter weekend when trams will once again be terminating here.

The first two closures will be on Sundays 13th and 20th March with the main focus being on the new Snow Hill stop which still requires a fair amount of work to make it suitable for passengers (although it is hard to fathom how it has taken so long to finish this stop). Trams will be unable to travel past the stop during this work so all trams from Wolverhampton St George’s will be terminated at St Paul’s.

A further closure of the line to Bull Street will follow over the Easter weekend (Friday 25th to Monday 28th March) with all trams from Wolverhampton St George’s being terminated at Birmingham Snow Hill. This will be the first time that trams have called at Snow Hill since Saturday 24th October 2015 when the old terminus closed as despite the six week closure of the line beyond St Paul’s and then the three months since the line opened to Bull Street work to complete the new stop has been painfully slow. However if you were hoping for this opening to be the start of being able to catch a tram to Snow Hill again the bad news is that the stop will only be open “temporarily” over the Easter weekend.

The Easter weekend will see construction works taking place through Birmingham City Centre to the overhead, points, trackside equipment and paving. This is in anticipation of the test running at the New Street end of the line on 23rd April.

It is hoped that, subject to successful testing, the full line to New Street Station will open to the public during May.

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