The engineer who helped found Ellesmere Port is in the running to become the face of a new banknote in a Royal Bank of Scotland competition.

Thomas Telford, who designed the Ellesmere Canal to the Mersey, is among a shortlist of three historical figures who could appear on a new Royal Bank of Scotland £10 note.

Images of Telford, physicist James Clerk Maxwell and science writer Mary Somerville were nominated to be on the polymer notes, set to be issued in the second half of 2017.

A decision will be made following a public vote on the bank’s Facebook page which runs until Sunday (February 7).

Telford was known as the “Colossus of Roads”.

During his time, he built more than 1,000 miles of road, designed bridges, harbours, canals still in use today, helping connect communities and boosting economic development.

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