It has been four years in the making, but a busy Wimbledon road is finally getting a pedestrian crossing.

In 2014, a petition to bring a crossing to Leopold Road rose to prominence as just two days after its launch, a six-year-old girl was hit by a car in that very street.

The little girl was injured in the crash and initially refused to walk to school.

The girl's mother, Suneet Saraon, said at the time: "We were waiting to cross the street and the traffic had stopped on one side and on the other side there wasn’t any.

"Everyone is always nervous about that road, it is a curve and cars come down at high speed and brake at the last minute."

Now those nerves can be eased as Merton Councillor Martin Whelton said works on building the new crossing should begin in a matter of weeks.

"I am delighted that a new zebra crossing will be installed in Leopold Road as it will allow residents and pupils to access shops, schools and other local facilities safely.

"Merton’s a great place for families and with two primary schools close by, the crossing will ensure students can travel safely to school.

"Weather permitting, the works will commence during February half term whilst the schools are closed and traffic is lighter. I would like to thank residents, local businesses, pedestrians and drivers for their patience and understanding while the work is carried out."

Additional alterations to the road layout will also take place along Leopold Road so that pedestrians and approaching vehicles have suitable visibility near to and on the new crossing.

These changes include a new speed table, the removal of two parking bays and the realignment of Woodside and Kenilworth Avenue junctions.