Yes in many countries in Europe, you have "tactile trails", often found in major train stations, city centres and shopping malls. Whereas in the UK it seems that tactile paving alerts that you are now entering this zone, whether it be stairs, crossing areas/road, cycle paths or pedestrian paths.
Emailed Anna Richardson on 31 Aug, got reply 8 Sept from Claire O'Hara, Support Officer, forwarding email 'sent on behalf of Project Manager LES'. The lock on the gate had been vandalised so it had been fixed (?somehow) shut till a replacement arrived. They've now arranged to fix in open. Or as Claire says, it may be that by the time I got the email, the repair would have been done. The gate was open today.
Claire's email says please feel free to contact Councillor Richardson if you feel she can be of any further assistance...
So what (rhetorically) has to happen so that whoever is faced with a broken something decides on a temporary fix which is least inconvenient for users?
@un I was at this today - some pretty positive takeaways I think.
One the downside, they've downgraded the proposed joint zebra/cycle crossings to bog-standard toucans, which is a little disappointing but somewhat inevitable. Visually-impaired charity RNIB had objected on safety grounds and GCC weren't supported by guidelines - just too risky given the still fairly high level of motor traffic on the road unfortunately.
In better news, the crossing of the cycle paths will still be mini-zebras and the all-important bus-stop bypasses remain in place. In addition, fully-protected dutch-style junctions at Calder St and Alison St have been added, with (presumably) dutch-style left and right turns respectively (i.e. cross the side road then go right). Also suggests new light phases although I don't know if this was actually confirmed yet.
I'll put more detail up - revised plans and brand new visualisations will apparently be on the GCC SCW mini-website in due course.