Some history of Snow Hill
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"The lingering death of Birmingham's Snow Hill Station was completed yesterday with one final blow from the shining sword of Mr. Peter
Walker, the Environment Secretary. From the department's offices in Marsham Street. SW1. he announced his "unconditional consent" to the closure of the
services between Birmingham and Wolverhampton Low Level and Birmingham and Langley Green. The station building has long since disappeared, but a handful of passengers
can still be seen plodding to a remote platform from which Snow Hill has been conducting its last stand. From March 6th, even this skeleton facility will end. Mr. Walker
stresses this aspect of the matter when he refers to "the poor patronage of the services and heavy financial losses." In addition to Snow Hill the following
eight stations, already the haunt of vandals and scribblers, will be closed: Hockley, Winson Green, Handsworth, West Bromwich, Swan Village, Wednesbury, Bilston
and Priestfteld. Wolverhampton Low Level will continue to function as a concentration depot for the area and will not be affected by the withdrawal of the passenger
service. The British Railways Board has estimated that the cost of continuing the two services in 1972 would be £240,000, Wolverhampton accounting for £179,000
and Langley Green for £61,000. Earnings from fares have been put at £l3,000, leaving a deficit of £227,000 which would have had to be met by a grant. The
board has also worked out what costs will be avoided in the future. In the first year after closure, it is estimated that £90,000 will be saved, which will rise to
£125,000 in the fifth year. Additional costs of £22,000 for signalling and telecommunications will also be avoided. Mr. Walker's letter to the chief
secretary of the British Railways Board sets out frequent alternative rail service between Birmingham and Wolverhampton, using New Street Street Station and Wolverhampton
High Level and also the Stafford to Birmingham line."
"Walker Agrees to Close Snow Hill?"
Birmingham Daily Post : January 29th 1972 Page 18