The City of Birmingham is situated in the West Midlands Metropolitan Area of Great Britain, halfway between London and Manchester on the one hand and North Wales on the other. This strategic geographical situation is reflected in the fact that the first leg of the proposed high speed rail (HS2) between London and Birmingham connecting the North and South part of England is expected to be built by 2026.
Snow Hill has been chosen as a NODES demonstration site as it provides an opportunity to test the NODES toolbox. Snow Hill Rail Station is one of a number of key interchange points situated in Birmingham city center with all playing an important role to capitalize on the connectivity of HS2. It also illustrates the important role interchanges play in transport networks both locally and nationally assisting with growth and regeneration.
It makes a very interested testing site for the NODES project as it is an area of the city undergoing transformation. 14 tools are being tested on the site and fall under three of the five key areas of the NODES project: land use and infrastructure, design and intermodality & ICT.
2. The challenges, the vision and the Snow Hill Interchange Plan (SHIP)
Snow Hill interchange offers a unique opportunity to be redeveloped as an integrated transport hub.