Public to vote to choose name for Forth Crossing

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It has been announced that a public vote will be held to choose a name for the new Forth Crossing.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said a specially-convened panel will assess suggestions before a shortlist is put to the vote next year.

The bridge is expected to open on schedule and within budget in 2016, according to the Scottish Government.

On a visit to the existing road bridge, Mr Brown said: “This is the biggest single infrastructure project in Scotland for a generation and will deliver an iconic, world-class, 21st-century addition to the 20th-century Forth Road Bridge and the original 19th-century Forth Bridge.

“It is absolutely right that the people of Scotland have a say on the identity of this historic project and for that reason I am very happy to announce that a public vote on the naming will take place next year.

“I will shortly be appointing a panel of independent advisers to undertake a consultation on potential names. They will consider all possible suggestions before producing a shortlist of the most appropriate that can be put to a public vote.

“This is an exciting project that we want the people of Scotland to take pride in and I am delighted that the people of Scotland will have the opportunity to have the final say.”

Mr Brown also highlighted efforts to have the rail bridge recognised as a World Heritage Site.

Heritage agency Historic Scotland is preparing to submit a document in support of the application, he said.