Two Wandsworth will soon see a new cycle and pedestrian zone installed after a four-year long campaign.

Welham Road, which runs between Furzedown and Graveney schools, has long suffered from traffic problems which have resulted in crashes involving children, on top of air pollution caused by idling engines during school pick up and drop off.

After hundreds of residents signed a petition asking Wandsworth Council to address these issues, the community secured a victory.

Furzedown Councillor Candida Jones helped lead the campaign and was delighted by the news.

“As a mum who used this street every day to take my children to school I was acutely aware of how dangerous the road was so transforming this street was one of my goals when first elected as councillor," Cllr Jones said.

"I hope this transformation will be one of many across the borough so that all children in Wandsworth will be able to benefit from cleaner, safer streets”

Instead of traffic, Welham Road will soon be home to planters which the schools will be able to make available to the students and to the borough’s longest bike rack to encourage active travel to and from school.

New barriers will also be put in place that will allow cargo bikes as well as those with trailers through, but no vehicles.

Once the new measures are in place, vehicles will no longer be able to enter Welham Road between 8.15am and 4.30pm on Mondays to Fridays.

"I am delighted that after years of campaigning we have finally secured our school pedestrian zone I hope that one day soon the community might even be able to use the new safer space for community events, concerts and perhaps even street markets," Cllr Jones added.

"At a time when we are all acutely aware of the dangers of air pollution and the need to encourage our children to take more exercise this new road lay out is especially welcome.

"Climate change and air pollution are global problems, but projects like these show that we can – and must - also make a difference at local level."