Thumbs down for Gateway name change
Most people who walked over Brisbane’s newest cross-river span prefer the old name despite yesterday’s official renaming of the iconic bridge and its duplicate after public servant Sir Leo Hielscher.
A NewsBytes poll at yesterday’s community day for the second Gateway Bridge found more than three-quarters of walkers favoured the original name.
In February this year Premier Anna Bligh announced the twin bridges would be named in honour of Sir Leo’s 68 years of public service.
Of 100 people questioned, about one in 10 approved of the name change while 13 per cent said they would rather another name altogether.
The poll also showed more than 55 percent attended the event to be part of history while 18 percent did so out of curiosity.
Of those who took part in the survey one in five said they also walked across the first bridge when it was completed back in 1986.
More than 175,000 people attended the launch of Brisbane’s newest infrastructure. The $1.88 billion bridge will open to motorists next Monday.