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The Crossing


There’s a site where you can help choose the name for the new Forth…..Crossing. The site is called ‘Name the Bridge’ but only one of the nominated short listed names contains the word bridge.

The choices are A for Caledonia Bridge, B for Firth of Forth Crossing, C for Queensferry Crossing, D for Saltire Crossing or E for St Margaret’s Crossing.

My thoughts? Caledonia Bridge is too general, not specific enough to the location. Firth of Forth Crossing? A bit of a tongue twister and certainly not for asking someone for directions with a mouth full of peanuts. Queensferry Crossing? I like that. It states the location between South and North Queensferry and gives due acknowledgement to the history of the location. Saltire Crossing? – just wrong! and St Margaret’s Crossing sounds like a warning rather than a name. “Traffic has been held up on the bridge – St Margaret’s Crossing”.

Here are a couple of photos of what the Queensferry Crossing will look like when complete.




4 Responses

  1. I’m quite disappointed that my own suggestion of Dunfermline Gateway didn’t make the cut.

  2. What about the “If we’d only known that the other one wasn’t actually about to collapse we could have saved a fortune on this bloody” crossing? The “On time and within budget” Bridge? If “Saltire Crossing” wins, I shall eat my head.

    The Salmond Leap? (bear with me here, one of these is bound to be funny…)

  3. I’m a fan of Queensferry Crossing, for the reasons you mention plus for the slightly alliterative qualities — trips nicely off the tongue.

    I’m surprised Stephen Colbert didn’t enlist Colbert Nation in getting “Colbert Crossing” on the list!

  4. I’d have liked them to embrace the pun and call it the Fifth* Bridge. It will be the fifth major crossing of the Forth after all.

    Perhaps even spelling it “Fifeth.”

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