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Public to name new Forth crossing
Transport Minister Keith Brown announced details of the process to choose the name.
An advisory panel is to be established to choose a shortlist of names, with the vote taking place in 2013.
Construction of the Forth Replacement Crossing, as it is currently known, began in 2011 and is due to be completed in 2016.
Speaking on a visit to the existing Forth Road Bridge, Mr Brown said: "It is absolutely right that the people of Scotland have a say on the identity of this historic project and for that reason I am very happy to announce that a public vote on the naming will take place next year.