Road named after Tomb Raider star

An East Midlands ring road has been named after Tomb Raider star Lara Croft following a public poll.

Nearly 25,000 people voted for the computer games star, resulting in the Osmaston Road to Burton Road stretch of Derby's new £36 million inner ring road being named the Lara Croft Way.

Lara, who was played by Angelina Jolie in the film adaptation of the game, saw off competition from a Rolls Royce engine to take the title.

Derby City Council said the name was added to the list as a computer games company based in the city created the character. Figures showed that Lara took 89% of the 28,000 votes.

Also, the Burton Road to Stafford Street stretch of the road will be named Mercian Way after the army regiment that recruits soldiers from the area. The military name accounted for 6% of votes.

Councillor Lucy Care, in charge of planning and transportation at the council, said: "She was created in Derby and this naming will identify a time and place in history where she can stand alongside some of the more traditional icons of the city."

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