Barhale has been awarded a £1.5 million contract to build a new third entrance to Birmingham Snow Hill station.

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) said that the scheme, which involves opening one of the arches under the Victorian viaduct that carries trains and the West Midland Metro trams into the city centre, will allow passengers to switch seamlessly between local rail and tram services.

The new eastern entrance to Snow Hill Station will offer passengers a direct link between tram and train services. (TfWM).

Currently, any passengers wanting to get from the West Midlands Metro stop at St Chads to trains in Snow Hill station must either walk down a flight of external steps, along A4440 Queensway, then turn into Livery Street and access the station through its second entrance, or  they can walk past the Snowhill Three, Two and One office developments and into the main Snow Hill entrance.

In the future, the new third entrance will give passengers a direct way into the station from the tram stop and allow rail passengers wanting to catch a Metro service direct access without having to leave the station.

Brenda Lawrence, West Midlands Railway’s head of stations, said “The future of public transport is all about making it easier and simpler for passengers to move seamlessly between different modes of travel. The third Snow Hill entrance, connecting the railway station with the Metro, is another important step towards that goal.”

Commencing in Summer 2019, Barhale will construct the new entrance beneath the existing brick-arch viaduct which is enclosed by a reinforced concrete wall at the station’s Livery Street end, where the second entrance was built more than a decade ago.

Paul Edwards, Barhale’s contracts manager, commented: “The main challenge for construction will be to break through the reinforced concrete wall at the Livery Street end of the station to form the new access.

“This is in the operational side of the station and so the works will take place outside of station opening hours with dust proof screens erected to keep out debris. This will allow ‘business as usual’ at Snow Hill station during the works.”

The new entrance, due to be in operation in late 2019, will include new ticketing, security and travel information facilities and there will be wayfinding signage between the entrance and the St Chads Metro stop.

Metro and rail services will run as normal during the construction period.