THE Stephenson Quarter would stand on a piece of land which has been substantially cut off from Newcastle city centre.
Various options have been examined to create a new entrance into Newcastle Central Station to link it with the quarter, and investment is planned for the road tunnels under the railway which give access to the area. A £55m project by Nexus to create a subway under the station, linking the Metro station with all mainline platforms, and with an exit on to Forth Street, has now been abandoned.
But developer Silverlink has held talks with station owner Network Rail, its operator GNER (soon to be National Express), Nexus and the city council, to examine the prospects for lengthening the present pedestrian bridge in the station to create a new station entrance to service the area to the south of the railway.
However, there are believed to be problems with the sheer number of passengers this extended bridge would have to carry.
Silverlink has also been working with Newcastle City Council in an attempt to improve the road tunnels, though no details of improvement schemes have been finalised yet.