Snow Hill Station Jewellery Quarter Entrance Opens

At last the second entrance to Snow Hill Station has opened in Livery Street (the street leading to the Jewellery Quarter). And not before time!….

Walking from the quarter or parking your car in the Livery Street car parks, using that entrance will save you a 250m walk and the need to use an underpass below the busy Great Charles Street Queensway. The walk via the new entrance to the stopping place of the trains is very much more pleasant and safe. In fact I found it an uplifting experience – new, bright and promising for the future of the railways.

The entrance was completed many, many months ago, but othe opening was delayed until two weeks ago – I know not why; if anyone does please leave a comment. Note there is no ticket office but there is a ticket issuing machine.

I met the ticket collector Dean who seems to be a very pleasant chap and agreed to be photographed at the barrier and included in this post.

The entrance is open 07:00 to 19:00 Monday to Saturday. Close Sundays.

There’s a good wine shop next door and a Polish delicatessen next to that with super Polish¬†saucissons¬†( don’t know the Polish for these, but you’ll know what I mean). Also, comments on the post inform that a specialist tea, coffee, eats place will open in May near to the entrance – one of the services on offer will be an on premises bike store. This is great news for the area and for the new Birmingham Vision for Movement aspiration.

Below is a gallery of photos showing the light and airy atmosphere of the entrance and platform exits. Click on thumbnails for larger views, then click again to enlarge!

Geoff Caine

16 thoughts on “Snow Hill Station Jewellery Quarter Entrance Opens

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  2. Dave Conroy

    Just a quick update on the bike parking situation: we are discussing with Birmingham City Council possible installation of bike racks within our shop, Brewsmiths Coffee & Tea due to open in next few weeks, and will allocate some decent floor space to help make it happen. Even if BCC don’t install the racks we will still offer space.

  3. Geoff Caine Post author

    The steps up to livery Street is the route I took on Saturday. It’s all been cleaned up now by volunteers from HSBC. The towpath is below street level, and yes, parts of it are dark and indeed I wouldn’t use it in the dark. There were no signs of tramps (or worse) and it is very convenient, you emerge from the towpath by the steps just 100m from the entrance.

  4. Chris Dinsdale

    There are steps up from the canal to Livery Street bit dark though. Best to cross the canal over the new footbridge into Fleet Street and cross Newhall Street to Lionel Street

  5. Dave Conroy

    David, you can walk/cycle right along the canal, then nick across the lock gates and step over a short wall onto Ludgate Hill. Very short stroll from there past Karrang! and the car park and you’re at the new Snow Hill entry. from haxzy memory, a tad further along the canal there is a set of steps up if preferred. Be lovely route in this weather!

  6. David Foster

    I can’t tell from your description whether there is an easy access to this new entrance from the canalside. In principle there could be and, if so, it would be an alternative route to Snow Hill for us Convention Quarter residents.
    David Foster

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  8. Dave

    Simon, we looked at that unit which seemingly after you became a music shop, i.e. guitars and amps, etc. I used to be a big hi-fi nut in my 20’s and 30’s so know the Sevenoaks brand well. Our unit is pretty much an empty shell so we can stamp our mark. The next door unit, your one, would have taken a lot of stripping out first. Both great units tho.

    Idea for bike store was because of possible theft risk, but also to encourage a nicer commute as Nicky said. I’m thinking space for 10-15 bikes inside, but if Centro do provide one then we won’t duplicate.

  9. Geoff Caine Post author

    Nicky

    Didn’t see any cycle parks on my visit. I’ll enquire of my contact in Centro, and report back. Meanwhile, let’s wish Dave every success.

  10. Simon

    Sounds good Dave. I used to work at the unit next door to the entrance, which was a Sevenoaks Sound and Vision branch. I wouldn’t like to keep the bike outside, as it was common for cars to get broken in to or stolen.

  11. Geoff Caine Post author

    I forgot to add in the post but now have “There’s a good wine shop next door and a Polish delicatessen next to that with super Polish saucissons ( don’t know the Polish for these, but you’ll know what I mean).”
    I’ve also added ” Also, Dave’s comments on the post inform that a specialist tea, coffee, eats place will open in May near to the entrance – one of the services on offer will be an on premises bike store.”
    This is great news for the area and for the new Birmingham Vision for Movement aspiration.”
    Dave, please let me know when your opening date is and I’ll add it to the blog.
    Geoff

  12. Dave

    Nicky, we are taking one of the empty units outside the station for a specialist tea, coffee, eats place and one of the services on offer will be an on premises bike store. For exactly the reasons you mention be great if we could get more folks on bikes and public transport. We get keys 3rd May and hope to open early June … just in time for Summer!

    Thanks for the photo’s Geoff … we’d only been as far as the ticket barrier before. Looks great.

  13. Nicky

    Is there any cycle parking at the new entrance? If there is I could cycle and use the train rather than my nightmare drive to work.

  14. David

    Well I think there whole project ended up costing much more than was first budgeted and there were rows behind the scenes over who should pay for that. Presumably that lead to the delayed opening.

  15. Simon

    I have been following this development like a hawk, but I still do not know why there was a delay in opening. Thank you for the photos.

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