Bid to avoid controversy as bridge naming contest launched
- Credit: Norfolk County Council
The public are being asked to come up with a name for Great Yarmouth's new third river crossing.
The £120m bridge is due to open in March 2023, a third span for the River Yare alongside the Breydon and Haven Bridges.
Graham Plant, cabinet member for growing the economy at Norfolk County Council, said something like Yare Bridge would not be out of place but was too obvious.
He said he hoped the community and schools could come up with something more imaginative, the process helping to give local people ownership of the new crossing.
"I would like to think suggestions would be relevant to the town and the time," he said.
"We are keen to get the town involved because it is the whole borough's bridge."
A panel of community leaders and council representatives will draw up a shortlist which will then be put to a public vote later this year.
Mr Plant said the aim of the process was to prevent anything going wrong and ending up with something silly following the infamous Boaty McBoatface saga.
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He said something reflecting the borough or the platinum Jubilee could be appropriate.
He also suggested the first official crossing could be made on foot or by bicycle highlighting the new bridge's role in connecting communities and helping to get people fitter and spending less on transport.
Breydon Bridge was opened in 1985, crossing Breydon Water, as part of the A47 although originally it was classified as the A12.
Haven Bridge was opened by the Prince of Wales in 1930.
It replaced an earlier Haven Bridge that was opened to the public in 1854. There has been a bridge on this site since at least 1427, the name likely referring to Yarmouth's role as a port, or haven.
The third river crossing is described as "the crowning jewel" of over £200m investment in the town over the last three years.
The project is now in its 17th month of construction, well past the halfway point, and on course to open within budget.
The council is asking any individual, family, community group or school that can think of a symbolic name with a story behind it to send their suggestions and contact information to email@example.com.
The name is due to be announced in early 2023.