Snow Hill Improvement Works
Colmore BID has had a long-standing aspiration to make improvements to the area around Snow Hill Square, which is one of the main gateways into Colmore Business District, serving as the entrance and exit to the District for an estimated 40,000 people each day.
In February 2013, Colmore BID published the SHIP Study; an honest and innovative consideration of transport around the Snow Hill part of the District. As a result of the findings of the SHIP Study, Colmore Business District, Birmingham City Council and Transport for West Midlands put in a bid to the Local Growth Fund for a project to make improvements to the area around the station.
Colmore BID has committed £1.4m of Levy Payers’ money as part of this bid. One of the key reasons for the success of the bid is this commitment; the desire of the private sector to invest and improve the area in which they operate was significant in the successful outcome of the bid.
Birmingham City Council and Transport for West Midlands have also committed funds to the project, allowing us, as a consortium, to lever in an extra £5m of new money into the district. The project has a total budget of £10m, and has been split into two Tranches. Tranche 1 deals the public realm around Snow Hill. The project doesn’t just involve replacing the paving slabs around the station. Alterations will be made to transport around the square. A new two way traffic flow will be introduced on Livery Street between Cornwall Street and the entrance to the station car park. The location of the Livery Street bus stops will swap with the taxi rank on Colmore Row, and affected bus routes will be re-routed.
Crucially for pedestrians, the right-turn from Livery Street onto Colmore Row will be removed, making the junction much more pedestrian friendly.
A consultation exercise took place between 6 October and 2 November 2016 to capture people’s views on the proposals.