From the end of this week, large parts of Wimbledon and Morden will be subject to 20mph zones.

In October last year phase 1 of Merton Council's plan to reduce speeds across the borough came into effect when the speed limit on roads in Pollards Hill was reduced from 30mph to 20mph.

Since then the scheme has slowly moved west through Mitcham.

Now following the latest consultation, all roads south of Alexandra Road and Worple Road (with the exception of part of Bushey Road and designated TfL red routes) will be subject to the same conditions as of October 17.

"As a council we are committed to rolling-out of the 20mph speed limit across the borough by the end of the year as it brings huge benefits to all road users in Merton," cabinet member of regeneration, housing and transport, Councillor Martin Whelton said.

"Lowering vehicle speeds improves safety for everyone, and makes streets so much more attractive for everyone to enjoy cycling and walking.

"The borough-wide scheme plays a part in our Air Quality Action Plan which aims to reduce the dominance of vehicles and the polluting nitrogen dioxide they produce. This is all part of the council’s drive to make the borough a cleaner, greener, safer place and encourage more active lifestyles.”

A consultation period for the 6th and final phase of the rollout will take place over November and December this year, which if approved, will see the remaining areas north of Alexandra and Worple Road converted to 20mph zones.