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Road named after Lara Croft opens

Lara Croft Way sigh
The section of road has taken nine months to build

A Derby road has opened named after computer game action hero Lara Croft.

The road was given its name after a public vote backed the gun-toting adventurer, who was designed by a software firm in the city.

The stretch of the inner ring road, between Osmaston Road and Burton Road, is designed to speed traffic flow and ease congestion on Leopold Street.

The road is being opened in sections and the entire system will not be completed until later in the year.

Jim Connolly, head of engineering for the city council, explained why it was being opened now.

"It is being opened because construction is very nearly complete. We have the road, the footway, the cycleway - all the infrastructure needed to open the road.

"The roundabouts at either end are completed so on with the show. Items on the periphery, such as landscaping, will be done in the next few weeks. "

The road is part of Connecting Derby, a scheme to improve the flow of traffic in and out of the city. It was started in 2001.

Another part of the road will be named Mercian Way in recognition of local soldiers.

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