Lara Croft wins Derby road naming vote

A £36.2 million ring road built in Derby will be called "Lara Croft Way", after a previously-reported public vote saw the Tomb Raider star come top, beating competition from footballer Steve Bloomer, astronomer John Flamsteed and engineer George Sorocold.

More than 27,000 people voted in the ballot to name the bit of road between Osmaston Road and Burton Road, and 89% of the votes cast were for Lara Croft. Lucy Care, the local councillor responsible for the road, said: "The vote really captured the imagination of people from across the world and, despite my lack of gaming knowledge, I accept that a majority of 89% for Lara Croft is too overwhelming to ignore".

"She was created in Derby and deserves to stand alongside some of the more traditional icons of the city". Another stretch of road will be named Mercian Way in tribute to local soldiers, to which Care said: "The vote for Mercian Way is also testimony to the passionate local support shown for the servicemen and women serving right now so I'm pleased that there will be a lasting legacy to honour them in what will be the biggest change to Derby's inner road network in 30 years".

If you could name the road that your house is on, what would you call it?



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