Queensferry gets its own crossing

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The new bridge across the Forth will be named, appropriately, the Queensferry Crossing.

The name was officially unveiled this week by First Minister Alex Salmond from the southern landing point at South Queensferry with the new bridge’s three towers rising from the water in the background.

Members of the public were invited to name the new bridge. It was Queensferry Crossing which polled 12,039 votes, 35.5 per cent out of more than 37,000 votes cast during a public ballot run over six weeks.

Caledonia Bridge narrowly finished second out of five shortlisted choices, with 
31.2 per cent of the vote and St Margaret’s Crossing third.

The names Saltire Crossing and the Firth of Forth Crossing were the least popular, receiving just over 2000 votes each.

Mr Salmond said: “The Forth replacement crossing is the country’s biggest and most significant transport infrastructure project for decades and I’m delighted that the naming process has enabled so many thousands of people to get involved and rightly feel a sense of ownership for a bridge that will serve Scotland and its economy for many years to come.

“This part of Scotland is already an internationally-renowned location with two bridges representing the cutting edge of engineering in the 19th and 20th centuries respectively.

“The Queensferry Crossing is a bridge to the future; when complete in 2016, it will take its place alongside the other iconic bridges over the Forth estuary, while safeguarding and improving a vital connection in the country’s transport network and playing a key role in Scotland’s economic success.”

The 2.7 km cable-stayed bridge will cost £1.6 billion and is expected to open in 2016.