How to name a bridge

In November 2012, the public was asked to suggest what the Forth’s newest bridge should be officially named. More than 7,600 unique ideas were registered before the submission period ended in January 2013.

From there, an independent panel sifted through the mountain of suggestions, whittling down to a shortlist of five names, ready to be put to a public vote. When voting ended on 7 June 2013, more than 35,000 votes had been cast, with one of the options attracting over a third of the total votes – the final name had been chosen.

What's in a name?

Queensferry Crossing, the public’s choice of name for the new cable-stayed bridge across the Forth, shares its name with the communities on either bank of the Forth estuary – North Queensferry and South Queensferry – and is named after Queen (Saint) Margaret who established a ferry to carry pilgrims travelling to St Andrews and Dunfermline.

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The Queensferry Crossing bridge is at the centre of the largest Scottish infrastructure project in a generation, including major road and junction upgrades. Explore photography and videos of the bridge and road networks construction from the start of the project.