I am not holding my breath as to the chosen name for the new bridge on the Forth (your report, 5 June), for I suspect that it will end up by being named by common usage.
Rather like footpaths developing their own sensible routes if undefined by planners, iconic structures often gain a name from who knows where.
Anyone recognise 30 St Mary Axe? No? Anyone recognise “the Gherkin”? One and the same building.
While there is bound to be a non-contentious name chosen for the bridge, I guess it will end up known as “the New Bridge” or “Forth Two” or, “the Second Forth”, or even, but I do hope not, “the Third Forth”.
Time, as they say, will tell. “Saltire Crossing”? Nae chance.
Regarding the naming of the new Forth bridge (now there’s a name that should be a contender), Keith Brown, the transport minister, has revealed the three leading contenders, the Caledonia Bridge, the Queensferry Crossing, and the St Margaret’s Crossing.
All very nice I’m sure but you know as well as I do that we will end up being lumbered with the Cally Bridge, the Queenscross, and if we have to pay to use the bridge, the Maggie’s Toll Tax Bridge.
With regard to the naming of the new bridge on the Firth of Forth (not estuary, please!), in the same manner as the Berwick-on-Tweed bridges are known, in time they’ll become the Old Brig’, the New Brig’ and the Railway Brig’. No pretentious guff there!