It never ceases to annoy me how we can't even get the bare minimum of what seems to happen elsewhere, or if it does, its decades after everywhere else. For all the tories gained a few more seats up north last time around, it doesn't seem to have done us much good, if anything, the north/south divide appears to be widening. Although I dare say local government has a significant part to play in this. Frustrating to see the levels of investment in places like Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool, and no doubt most other major cities, while we can't even get a bloody second entrance to a train station in the regional capital, we can't give our main iconic bridge a lick of paint, and our main road linking us with Scotlands capital is half country road. SighStephenson Quarter has to be conceptualised as the high profile, centrally located development it is. Not some convoluted walk down secondary back streets to get there. It significantly devalues any property there and reduces the chance of having the best quality to respect such a historically significant site.
A southern entrance is the best (not some metal steps in the corner of the station) but a modern, albeit smaller version of our portico but on the South side. Look a the Southern entrance for Leeds station recently built. We aren't asking much here. A metro is a secondary option, because it enlivens a currently dull part of the Quayside as well.