New Forth bridge: Queensferry Crossing wins naming contest

The new Forth Crossing from Port Edgar Construction of the new Forth Replacement Crossing is due to be completed in 2016

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The new bridge to be built across the Firth of Forth is to be called the Queensferry Crossing.

Caledonia Bridge, Queensferry Crossing, St Margaret's Crossing, the Firth of Forth Crossing and Saltire Crossing were all in the running.

The search for a name has seen 35,000 votes cast by the public and more than 7,000 suggested names received.

Name the Bridge voting

  • Queensferry Crossing 12,039 (35.5%)
  • Caledonia Bridge 10,573 (31.2%)
  • St Margaret's Crossing 7,146 (21.1%)
  • Saltire Crossing 2,046 (6%)
  • Firth of Forth Crossing 2,087 (6.2%)

The winner was announced by the first minister. The project is due to open in 2016 and will cost up to £1.6bn.

First Minister Alex Salmond made the announcement on a visit to the construction site of the new bridge to span the firth.

The first minister said: "It was Queen Margaret in the 11th Century who introduced a ferry to carry pilgrims across the Forth, giving the communities on either side of the Firth their name.

"The public's choice of Queensferry Crossing reflects the area's rich history and the continuing link between the two communities on the estuary's north and south banks."

Bridge naming ceremony The winning name was unveiled at the construction site of the new crossing

A shortlist of five names had been chosen by an independent panel for the final decision, in what was a seven-month nomination and voting process.

Worries over structural issues with the current Forth Road Bridge saw plans for a new crossing brought forward, but it has since been found that the original road bridge can be maintained as a transport link.

Saint Margaret of Scotland lived in the 11th Century and became Queen Consort of Scotland when she married King Malcolm III Canmore.

She established a ferry crossing on the Forth, which carried pilgrims to St Andrews and Dunfermline, and gave North and South Queensferry their names.


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    Comment number 279.

    why do some of you lot think voting yes next year will result in labour running Scotland? They haven't had a chance the last 2 elections. do you think they could come up with any better ideas running Scotland on their own? If labour was running Scotland we would end up skint and be full of council workers and single mums living off the state, fact!

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    Comment number 278.

    @271 Victory_Parts. Did I at any point in my comment say that Spanish devolution was responsible for the global financial cirsis? I think you will find I didn't. It is merely an example of what are effectively small countries trying to run on a model of big governnent and high taxation. Try Ireland, Cyprus and Portugal as further examples of that.

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    Comment number 277.

    Surely what ever the noun the thing should be called a BRIDGE or arre we not allowed to call a spade a spade any more?

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    Comment number 276.

    264 Lucky White Heather - Just have a look at all of the posts from the start and you'll see that childish comments from Unionists begin long before any pro-independence posters retort. Worryingly, the childish Unionists are also incredibly numerous.

    Why does the only party in the UK with a majority receive such hatred? As does the notion of allowing the public to decide their future.

  • Comment number 275.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 274.

    Saltire was rejected because the bridge would have cost twice as much, as motorists would have had to cross on the diagonal.

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    Comment number 273.

    @272 - plans to demolish the current Forth Road Bridge were reversed, firstly due to cost, and secondly after the decay in the main cables was stabilised. It will remain (only until Salmond can of course gain political capital by having it removed).

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    Comment number 272.

    @235: The old bridge is being removed. Furthermore, tolls were removed on bridges that had recouped their cost tenfold. It's called a fair society.

    @241: The "queen" in Queensferry dates from the 11th century, long before the UK existed. I suppose you object to Ports-mouth, New-castle, Liver-pool and South-Hampton also?

    Good on the SNP for putting it to the people to decide.

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    Comment number 271.

    261. Koba. I'm sorry but are you really saying that it is Spanishdevolution which is responsible for the world financial crisis? That's just getting silly.

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    Comment number 270.

    240 Dartford Crossing is different: it's a tunnel northbound and a bridge southbound, so 'Crossing' is used to cover both. This Queensferry Crossing is just a bridge, so there's no need for the vagueness of 'Crossing'.

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    Comment number 269.

    I personally voted for Caledonia Bridge, but I'm equally happy with Queensferry Crossing. They're the two most palatable names. I'm just glad it didn't wind up being called Saltire Crossing...

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    Comment number 268.

    253 Even I know that Swan is one word and sea is another, so the city should be called Swan-sea, or Swan Sea, not Swansea.

    Re the name itself: there are no queens, there is no ferry, but the name is vexing. One out of three ain't bad.

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    Comment number 267.

    "They are all in an economic and financial mess because they can't afford to pay for the bureaucracy that comes with running your own affairs"

    They are in a mess because the federal government pulled the rug from under their feet for a Euro bailout.

    Germany's federal districts are doing just dandy, thank you.

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    Comment number 266.

    Glad to see Queensferry won although it will inevitably be referred to as the Queensferry bridge. Caledonia would have been my second choice.

    Equally good to see Saltire finishing last. A ridiculous name.

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    Comment number 265.

    I'm sure Salmond heartily approved of a name which constantly harked back to the past of centuries ago.

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    Comment number 264.

    I hope that when the referendum is over and the majority have voted the separatists down, that we will be able once again to discuss Scottish matters, like naming a bridge, without all this wrangling.
    If Salmond was not so scared of the will of the people, he could have put an end to this misery sooner.

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    Comment number 263.

    @258.Gwyn Edwards

    Nope it is called act 17 of the Westminster parliament that took place form 1537-1545 when Henry the 8th united the English and Welsh legal system and abolished the Welsh language, making it illegal, the English forced us to change out town names, there was no corruption, after all it took campaigners last century to reverse the unjust illegality of the language, think hard.

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    Comment number 262.

    251 Fiona MacHinery - I'm not sure of your point. According to that article, she was born in Hungary to an English father and lived in both England & Scotland.

    Why would that information be on the Scottish Government's website, or indeed any government's website? I hope you're not implying that the Scottish government would try to "cover up" her English roots, as it'd be utter nonsense.

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    Comment number 261.

    @191, Victory_Parts - as to the argument for "better together", I ask that you just do a little research on the autonomous regions of Spain. They are all in an economic and financial mess because they can't afford to pay for the bureaucracy that comes with running your own affairs. So they have borrowed beyond their means to pay for it and are now having to be bailed out by the federal government.

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    Comment number 260.

    Queensferry is an area in Edinburgh nothing to do with anti monarch sentiment or incorrect gramar use. Its the area that sits next to the river Forth hence why the bridge is called that! Not everything is about the independence vote!


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