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New Forth bridge is Queensferry Crossing

27 Jun 13 The public has spoken and the new bridge over the Firth of Forth will be named the Queensferry Crossing.

Alex Salmond helps put up the sign
Alex Salmond helps put up the sign

The new name secured more than a third of votes in a public ballot and was narrowly preferred to Caledonia Bridge.

First minister Alex Salmond revealed the outcome of the ‘Name the Bridge’ public vote which attracted more than 37,000 votes during a seven-month process to find a name for the new Forth replacement road crossing.

The 2.7km bridge is being built by the Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) consortium, comprising Hochtief, Dragados, American Bridge and Morrison Construction under a £790m contract.

The project is on time and on budget, being due for completion by the end of 2016 and within a total estimated cost range of £1.45bn to £1.6bn.

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.”

He added: “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.”

Name the Bridge voting ran from 29 April 29 to 7 June 2013. The number of votes cast for each nomination is as follows:

Queensferry Crossing    

12,039

35.5%

Caledonia Bridge

10,573

31.2%

St Margaret’s Crossing 

7,146 

21.1%

Firth of Forth Crossing 

2,087 

6.2%

Saltire Crossing             

2,046 

6%

Total verified votes        

33,891

Total unverified votes    

3,757

Total votes cast            

37,648

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