Bridge with a Fife name?

Work underway on the new Forth crossing

Work underway on the new Forth crossing

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WHAT do Kate Middleton, Andy Murray, Neil Armstrong, Sherlock Holmes, Paw Broon, Andrew Carnegie and Irn Bru have in common?

They’ve all been included in names suggested for the Forth Replacement Crossing.

The public has been invited to put forward suggestions of what Scotland’s newest landmark should be called.

They haven’t been slow in coming forward with a range of suggestions, taking inspiration from its location, the history of the area and famous people, both past and present, including authors JK Rowling and Robert Louis Stevenson, motor racing legends Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart, Olympic cycling star Chris Hoy, Prince Philip, Queen and Saint Margaret, Robert the Bruce, William Wallace and Robbie Burns.

And it’s fair to say there have been a few bizarre and humorous suggestions too – including ‘That Big Bridgiemabob Thingy’ and ‘The Irn Bru Bridge’ (made in Scotland from girders).

Fife Free Press readers have joined in too, putting forward their suggestions via our Facebook page.

‘Queensferry Bridge’ and ‘Kingdom Bridge’ have proved quite popular, with other names including ‘Third Forth Firth Bridge’, ‘Ferry Bridge’, ‘Adam Smith Bridge’, ‘Jocky Wilson Bridge’ and ‘Kevin Bridges’!

One of our favourites is the ‘Fife Free Bridge’ ... especially if the word ‘Press’ could be fitted in there too.

The search for a name for the new crossing was launched by Keith Brown MSP, the Scottish Government’s minister for transport,

Mr Brown said: “The Forth Replacement Crossing, as it is currently known, is an exciting, iconic and economically vital project that we want the people of Scotland to take pride in.

“We fully recognise that finding an appropriate name for the new bridge is a matter of considerable interest both locally and nationally.

“It is absolutely right then that the people of Scotland have the final say on the identity of this historic project.

“We look forward to seeing the many creative and inspiring names the Scottish people submit.”

Construction of the bridge and its approach roads started last year and is due for completion in 2016. Up to 1200 people are working on the site.

The new crossing’s main tower will be 207m high and 23,000 miles of cabling will be used in its construction. It is expected to cost around £1.5bn.

Name suggestions can be submitted up until the end of January. An independent panel will then create a shortlist which will be open to a final public vote before the name is announced in the summer of next year.

The public can register their suggestions online at www.namethebridge.co.uk