It was covered up, then it was revealed and now New Street station's boxy footbridge is to be covered up again after plans for new cladding were approved.
The compromise design for New Street Station's problematic footbridge has been approved by city planners and will see it clad with light grey powder-coated aluminium.
Last year, Network Rail provoked fury and was accused of cutting back on the station's state-of-the-art design when it unveiled plans to leave the grubby passenger bridge over the platforms visible from Hill Street.
The initial plan had it wrapped in the shiny stainless steel skirting, in keeping with the remainder of the station.
But Network Rail claims it is too difficult to install the curved stainless steel over the live railway as designed as the bridge would need to be strengthened and the platforms closed.
A report to the planning committee said: "The reason for changing the cladding material is that the existing bridge structure cannot take the load of the stainless steel cladding without significant intervention at track level.
"Powder coated aluminium is lighter, making installation and maintenance simpler."
A planning application to leave the bridge unclad was withdrawn by Network Rail last summer following staunch criticism it was cutting corners and dumbing down the design on the £600 million redevelopment.
Network Rail has also won approval for a shop unit near to the car drop off entrance.