PLANS to rename the Second Severn Crossing as The Prince of Wales Bridge have failed to win the support of Argus readers.

The plan was announced earlier this week Welsh secretary Alun Cairns.

But it quickly came in for criticism as there was no public consultation into the proposal, with a petition calling for the decision to be reversed signed by more than 17,000 people as the Argus went to press.

And a poll on the Argus website showed 53 per cent of respondents are against changing the name.

Of the 500 people who had taken part in the survey as the Argus went to press, 10 per cent said they approved of the idea, while 24 per cent said it should be named after someone else, with suggestions including NHS founder Aneurin Bevan.

The remaining 13 per cent said they didn't care.

Carwyn Jones' office has said the first minister has known about the plan since last year, and had not objected to it.

The plan is intended to celebrate Prince Charles' 70th birthday in November, as well as the 60th anniversary of him being made the Prince of Wales.