Clear favourite for footbridge name

The closing date is just three weeks away for the Telford footbridge naming challenge with one clear favourite in sight.

Clear favourite for footbridge name

Names were drawn up from pupils’ suggestions for Telford & Wrekin Council’s Big Bridge Challenge which encouraged creative writing combined with history and research for a two-part project.

Councillor David Wright Cabinet Member for housing, transport and infrastructure said: “Thanks to everyone who has voted so far, I’m pleased to see that one of the pupil’s nominations is favourite at the moment but there is still time to have your say. 

“The Big Bridge challenge engaged more than 500 pupils across the borough so we are pleased to have created a learning experience from this standout project in the borough’s infrastructure.” 

The current standings, in reverse order include Katherine Harley, president of the Shropshire suffragists in last position with 166 votes.

Sir Gordon Richards is considered one of the world’s greatest ever horse racing jockeys and trainers who hailed from Donnington Wood. The (Jockey Bridge) has 173 votes.

Captain Webb, the first recorded person to swim the English Channel and was born in Dawley has 194 votes. 

In second place with 367 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, and currently in the lead with a whopping 537 votes is the pupil-nominated ‘Silver Swallow’, referencing the bridge’s design and colour. 

The two-part project encouraged science, technological, engineering and mathematical (STEM) learning based around bridge themed tasks including a building challenge. 

A creative writing task formed the second part of the competition with more than 200 pupils taking part and helped the project scoop the ‘Team Achievement’ award from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) earlier this year. It also presented an opportunity to commemorate some of the borough’s historical figures. 

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 STEM events with schools.”

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. It also won three awards at the West Midlands ICE awards in May 2019.

Voting will close on Friday, August 30 and there is still time to cast your votes online.

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

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