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OUTCOME OF COMPETITION TO NAME NEW BRIDGE TO SHEPPEY

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The new bridge over the Swale in Kent, connecting the Isle of Sheppey with the Kent mainland, is to be named 'The S...
The new bridge over the Swale in Kent, connecting the Isle of Sheppey with the Kent mainland, is to be named 'The Sheppey Crossing', based on a suggestion made by a Minster on Sea resident.

There were over 700 entries to the competition to name the bridge, which is being built by the Highways Agency. The winner is Reginald Grimwade, a lifelong Sheppey resident. Both Mr Grimwade and his wife will be invited to the opening ceremony in the summer.

Transport minister Stephen Ladyman said: 'We are delighted with the response to the competition to name the bridge. The name reflects the local identity of this important project. The Sheppey Crossing is evidence of the government's commitment to improve transport in the area and we look forward to its opening in the summer.'

Mr Grimwade, who will be 80 in June, said: 'This bridge is a wonderful development for Sheppey - the old bridge is part of yesteryear. The new bridge will help to secure the island's future.'

The bridge is part of a£100m Highways Agency scheme to upgrade the A249 between Queenborough on Sheppey, and Iwade on the mainland. The bridge will carry four lanes of traffic over The Swale and will support the economic regeneration of North Kent and protect jobs.

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