Cyber icon Lara to have her own Derby road
DERBY'S gun-toting cyber heroine Lara Croft has won the race to have a stretch of a city road named after her.
Nearly 28,000 votes were cast in favour of the Tomb Raider character in a poll to name two stretches of Derby's inner new ring road.
The second stretch of road will be called Mercian Way, after Derbyshire's Army regiment, receiving 1,570 votes.
Derby City Council set up the online poll to choose a name for the stretches, from Osmaston Road to Burton Road and from Burton Road to Stafford Street.
Lara Croft Way and Mercian Way were among eight names short-listed by officials for the £36m ring road, after hearing suggestions from the public.
We reported how the name Lara Croft attracted thousands of votes after word of the options spread across the globe via the internet.
Councillor Lucy Care, cabinet member for planning and transport, said: "The vote really captured the imagination of people across the world.
"I'm pleased there will be a lasting legacy to honour both Lara Croft and the Mercians in what will be the biggest change to Derby's inner ring road network in 30 years."
Lara Croft Way will be used to name the Osmaston Road to Burton Road stretch, with Mercian Way becoming the Burton Road to Stafford Street link.
The decision comes a month after Lara Croft was recognised as the most successful video game heroine of all time by Guinness World Records.
Lara Croft was the star of Tomb Raider, a video game series conceived and originally developed by Derby-based Core Design in the mid-1990s.
Since then, there have been eight Tomb Raider games released and two films about the archaeologist produced by Paramount Pictures.
Ms Care said: "Despite my lack of gaming knowledge, I accept that such a majority 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."
The Mercian Regiment has links to Derbyshire dating back to the 19th century.
Ms Care said: "The vote for Mercian Way is testimony to the passionate local support shown for the servicemen and women serving right now."