New Year rings in name change for Midland Metro’s Snow Hill stop
A Midland Metro tram stop in Birmingham has been renamed.
The Snow Hill stop, on the edge of the city centre, is now called St Chads after the change came into effect on New Year’s Day.
The move has been made by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).
The stop provides access to local businesses including the showcase office blocks One and Two Snow Hill, St Chad’s cathedral and St Paul’s Square.
It will also serve future developments expected in that part of the city centre, including new offices in Snow Hill and Cornwall Street.
Trams no longer go into Snow Hill station following the opening of the Birmingham city centre extension last summer.
The main stop for Snow Hill station is now at Bull Street, approximately 150 metres from the entrance to Snow Hill.
But passengers wanting to access the station from the new St Chads will be able to do so once work is complete installing a lift and stairs that will allow access to the station’s second entrance in Livery Street via Lionel Street.
This is scheduled to open in late January.
Phil Hewitt, Metro programme director for TfWM, said:
“The name-change reflects the wider area that the stop serves and removes any potential for confusion with passengers who believe they can access Snow Hill station from it.
“Passengers can access Snow Hill by using the lift or stairs then the second access in Livery Street.
“However Bull Street, which provides level access to Snow Hill and has an attractive walking route, will be the primary Metro stop for the rail station.”
The former Metro line and platform in Snow Hill station is to be utilised for heavy rail use as part of the Midland Rail Hub scheme.
This is a programme of rail upgrades in and around central Birmingham to provide up to 10 additional trains per hour in and out of the city, boosting rail links across the wider region.
It is hoped the main elements of the Midlands Rail Hub will be in service in time for the opening of HS2 in 2026.