Your chance to vote for the name of Telford’s Favourite Bridge

Your chance to vote for the name of Telford’s Favourite Bridge

Launched in 2018, the challenge encouraged pupils to get their thinking caps on for a creative writing task forming the second part of the competition.

The project aimed to encourage Science, Technological, Engineering and Mathematical (STEM) learning based around the complex Telford footbridge project.

More than 200 pupils took part in the challenge and a short list of names has been drawn up for the public to vote on now that the project is complete.

The shortlist include names such as Captain Webb, the first recorded person to swim the English Channel who was born in Dawley, Katherine Harley, president of the Shropshire branch of suffragists, Sir Gordon Richards’ Crossing (Jockey Bridge) considered the world’s greatest ever jockey from Donnington Wood and Wolves legend Billy Wright, the first footballer in the world to earn 100 international caps born at Belmont Road in Ironbridge.

Finally, the ‘Silver Swallow’ also made the shortlist for a pupil’s reference to the bridge’s design and colour.

Cabinet member for housing, transport & infrastructure, Councillor David Wright said: “There was so much public pride shown for the borough and the footbridge during its construction and we wanted to carry this right through to the very end of the project with the official opening and naming.

“There are so many iconic figures from the area it only seemed right to honour some of these along with the imaginative names from school pupils and let the public decide.

“There are six weeks to cast your vote so if you want to have a say then make sure you get your vote registered and let friends and family know to do the same.”

The new footbridge, funded by a Department of Transport grant that the Council bid for and won, opened to pedestrians in November 2018 and in time for Telford’s 50th birthday celebrations. It has also won three awards at West Midlands’ Institution of Civil Engineers Awards in May 2019.

Voting closes on Friday, 30 August.

Visit http://www.telford.gov.uk/footbridgevote to cast your vote.

20 thoughts on “Your chance to vote for the name of Telford’s Favourite Bridge

  • July 11, 2019 at 12:47 pm
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    Bridgie Mcbridgeface

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  • July 11, 2019 at 12:47 pm
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    Not seeing much love for ‘The Telford Railway Bridge’ 😀

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  • July 11, 2019 at 12:51 pm
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    Waste of money bridge

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  • July 11, 2019 at 12:53 pm
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    Shocked not to see Cinderloo as an option

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  • July 11, 2019 at 12:56 pm
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    I’ve always heard it being referred to as the whale bridge due to its shape

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  • July 11, 2019 at 12:58 pm
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    Ive got a good name for it (What was wrong with the old bridge)

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  • July 11, 2019 at 1:04 pm
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    They’re quick to give out awards for engineering projects without finding out whether they were actually any good. The bridge floods, the steps flood, the surface is filthy because it traps dirt and chewing gum. It’s got a big east/west facing roof and no solar panels to power the lift and lights.

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  • July 11, 2019 at 1:04 pm
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    I dont suppose anyone has noticed as I did the other day whilst we was driving up new road at side of ep that it’s not a good bridge for anyone walking on with a short dress on.they never thought of that did they.you can see straight up.really not a good idea.

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  • July 11, 2019 at 1:18 pm
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    Was sigourney weaver invited to open it

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  • July 11, 2019 at 1:20 pm
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    Telford’s favourite bridge? Really?

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  • July 11, 2019 at 1:24 pm
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    It will always be “Station Footbridge” to me.

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  • July 11, 2019 at 1:33 pm
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    The bridge over the don’t know why!!

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  • July 11, 2019 at 1:34 pm
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    The Ironbridge should surely be Telford’s best bridge?

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