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Ashford M20 footbridge named as the Eureka Skyway

M20 bridge at night
M20 bridge at night

Ashford's iconic new £8 million M20 footbridge finally has a name – the Eureka Skyway.

The name was chosen by a selection panel comprising representatives from Kent County Council, the Kentish Express and local councillors, following a competition in the Kentish Express to find a name for the bridge, which links the Eureka Leisure Park to the Warren Retail Park.

In all, 130 entries were submitted suggesting names with all sorts of themes, including well-known former residents, names with geographical or historical association... as well as a few outlandish and sarcastic suggestions.

What do you think? Join the debate by adding your comments below
What do you think? Join the debate by adding your comments below

In the end, the judges selected Eureka Skyway – one of no less than 76 names put forward by sports journalist Neil Wolfson – feeling the name was striking, modern and easily recognisable.

Kentish Express editor Robert Barman, who was one of the judges, said: "The Skyway suggestion was immediately liked by all the judges as it sums up the bridge's design and look. We would like to thank everyone who made the effort to put forward name suggestions."

Mr Wolfson said he was delighted to have his suggestion adopted as the bridge's official name.

"I started off with three name ideas and it just snowballed really," he said.

The official opening ceremony is due to take place at the end of this month.

What do you think of the chosen name? Leave your comments below or email the Kentish Express team.

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