A new name for Telfords Favourite Bridge

A new name for Telfords Favourite Bridge

Bridgey McBridgeface was rejected but a shortlist of names was drawn up of pupils’ suggestions from Telford & Wrekin Council’s Big Bridge Challenge held in 2018.

The standings, in reverse order include Katherine Harley, president of the Shropshire suffragists with 178 votes.

Sir Gordon Richards considered one of the world’s greatest horse racing jockeys and trainers who hailed from Donnington Wood. The (Jockey Bridge) polled 193 votes.

Captain Webb, the first recorded person to swim the English Channel and was born in Dawley came next with 209 votes.

In second place with 393 votes is Wolves legend Billy Wright, the first footballer in the world to earn 100 international caps who was born in Belmont Road, Ironbridge.

Finally, the most popular choice of residents in Telford & Wrekin with a whopping 577 votes is the pupil-nominated ‘Silver Swallow’, referencing the bridge’s design and colour.

The name was nominated by Newport Girls High pupil 12 year old Charlotte Toogood, who won an ipad for her nomination which was presented to her at the bridge by Councillor David Wright. Charlotte was accompanied by Newport Girls High head teacher Mike Scott.

Because so many people in the community have been involved with the footbridge project, it earned three awards from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) earlier this year including the ‘Team Achievement’ award.

Judges were impressed by the way the team used the project to; ‘not only bridge the physical gap, but to also link local communities.

The project team focused on working together, while also recognising the importance of working with the local community and university, as well as holding science, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) events with schools.’

On the strength of the regional awards the footbridge has now been nominated for the ICE People’s Choice Awards and is up against major projects from around the world.

Councillor David Wright Cabinet Member for Housing, Transport and Infrastructure said: "Thanks to everyone who took part in this vote and congratulations to our winner who has won an IPad, donated by our project partner Balfour Beatty.

“We wanted to encourage STEM learning and the bridge was a great way to do it wand more than 500 pupils joined in with the challenges.

“I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to vote for the footbridge project in the Institution of Civil Engineers People’s Choice Awards. It’s the public who decide who the winner is so it would be wonderful to see Telford residents rally behind the project one last time.”

People can vote for the bridge to win the award by visiting https://www.ice.org.uk/telfordfootbridge

The new footbridge, funded by a Department for Transport grant that the council bid for and won, opened to pedestrians in November 2018 and in time for the town’s 50th birthday celebrations.

The scores reflect figures from a Facebook poll combined with an online survey.

23 thoughts on “A new name for Telfords Favourite Bridge

  • September 18, 2019 at 8:42 pm
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    Bridgey McBridgeface is way better than silver swallower!

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  • September 18, 2019 at 8:43 pm
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    Couldn’t have called it Billy Wright. The first time a Hungarian went near it, it would’ve fallen over

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  • September 18, 2019 at 8:55 pm
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    Matthew Rixom

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  • September 18, 2019 at 8:56 pm
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    Call we spend money we ain’t got so we have a reson to increase tax

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  • September 18, 2019 at 8:57 pm
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    I will always think of Brownhills Bob when I cross the silver swallow bridge

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  • September 18, 2019 at 8:58 pm
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    Oh no, that name is not good. Sounds rude

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  • September 18, 2019 at 9:00 pm
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    Silver swallow sounds like a comment made to an OAP prostitute.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 9:07 pm
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    500 students in whole of telford is not a big amount.
    Surely the naming competition should have been open to all residents and had a shortlist

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  • September 18, 2019 at 9:20 pm
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    It won’t catch on because it sounds silly to say. A bit of an insult as well to some of the afore named greats of this area

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  • September 18, 2019 at 9:30 pm
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    Still think it should have been called Jeff

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  • September 18, 2019 at 9:40 pm
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    Bridgey McBridgeface or gtfo.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 9:46 pm
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    Its got two bullet holes in the panes of plastic glass already

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  • September 18, 2019 at 9:50 pm
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    I didn’t realise there was a vote to name it?

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  • September 18, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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    Kevin….. or Keith.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 10:21 pm
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    Has anyone got Silvers number?
    Asking for a mate.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 11:07 pm
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    The bridge isn’t fit for purpose if you are disabled. If the lift doesn’t work to/from platform 2, and you are in a hurry, basically you’re stuffed. This is unacceptable in the 21st Century. The old bridge might have been shabby but it did work properly.

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  • September 18, 2019 at 11:32 pm
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    Outrageous. Bridgeymacbridgeface is the ONLY suitable name thank you.

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  • September 19, 2019 at 12:29 am
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    Telford bridge is falling down,falling down

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  • September 19, 2019 at 12:35 am
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    Who made it Telford’s favourite Bridge ? Because it’s a link from a train drop off to a carpark !!!!

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  • September 19, 2019 at 12:39 am
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    Love to find out the costs to Telford’s favourite bridge in comparison to the cost of the ironbridge an see if the Favourite bridge is standing the same length of time

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  • September 19, 2019 at 1:27 am
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    Still calling it Bridgey Mcbridge Face…

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  • September 19, 2019 at 5:56 am
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    Silver swallow…. what on earth?!?

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