Contractor Named for Birmingham Train Station Project

A West Midlands construction company whose turnover recently surged to almost £200m has been handed a contract to build a new entrance at a Birmingham train station.

Walsall-based Barhale Construction will lead the £1.5m project at Snow Hill Station which will allow passengers to switch between rail and tram services.

An image of how the new eastern entrance will look was released on Tuesday by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). 

The scheme involves opening up another of the arches under the Victorian viaduct that carries trains and the West Midland Metro trams into the city centre. 

At the moment passengers wanting to get from the West Midlands Metro stop at St Chads to trains in Snow Hill Station have to walk down a flight of external steps and then along A4440 Queensway before turning into Livery Street and accessing the station through its second entrance. 

Alternatively they have to walk past the Snowhill Three, Two and One office developments and into the main Snow Hill entrance. 
The new third entrance will remove both of these external walks and instead give passengers a direct way into the station from the tram stop. 

Rail passengers wanting to catch a Metro service will also get direct access without having to leave the station. 

Cllr Roger Lawrence, WMCA portfolio holder for transport, said: "This new entrance to Snow Hill is one of several exciting projects in our long term rail development programme which aims to transform train travel in the West Midlands over the coming years. 

"Building the eastern entrance is a positive improvement that we can deliver in the short term, with the potential for more ambitious plans for the station being developed as part of the Snow Hill Growth Strategy."

The project will see Barhale construct the 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. 

Work on the new entrance is set to start in summer 2019, and it will link into the existing Livery Street entrance to the station.
Paul Edwards, contracts manager at Barhale, added: "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 is expected to be in operation in late 2019 with Metro and rail services unaffected during the construction period.

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