Queensferry Crossing name of new Forth bridge revealed

A model of the new bridge.

Queensferry Crossing has been chosen in a poll to name the new Forth bridge.

First Minister Alex Salmond announced the result of the public vote during a visit to the construction site for the crossing.

Queensferry Crossing attracted over a third of the 37,000 votes cast.

The full result was: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 First Minister 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.

“With some 7,600 unique name suggestions received and more than 35,000 votes cast, it is clear that the new crossing has captured people’s imagination.”

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.”

Mr Salmond continued: “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 Scottish Government launched the “name the bridge” campaign in November last year.

Around 7,600 suggestions were submitted before being whittled down by a panel of judges to the five finalists.