A no-right turn camera at South Wimbledon tube junction has collected more than half a million pounds in fines.

According to data released after a Freedom of Information request from a driver to Merton Council, 12,445 Penalty Charge Notices have been issued to vehicles for contravening the prohibited turn on Kingston Road.

The data provided was from the date enforcement began from September 5, 2016 until the end of 2017.

The council's response added that £519,089.30 had been received in payment.

The driver who submitted the Freedom on Information request after being caught at the junction said: "For that single camera to be generating such a vast number of tickets over such a short period of time, one might conclude that the signage must be inadequate.

“If the council’s aim is to minimise prohibited traffic manoeuvres at the junction then you must conclude that they are not succeeding.”

Councillor Ross Garrod, Merton Council's cabinet for street cleanliness and parking, said: "Our approach to motorists who break road traffic regulations is firm but fair and we are completely transparent about where enforcement measures are in place across the borough.

"Residents have told us that congestion on our roads is one of their top concerns. Installing cameras to monitor hot spot areas in the borough, is one way the council can reduce traffic congestion and has already proven to change motorists' behaviour.

"An average of 1,004 cars a month were penalised for making the illegal right turn on this junction during the first six months after the cameras were installed. For the eight months that followed, penalties reduced to an average of 586 a month clearly demonstrating that motorists compliance improved by nearly 50 per cent, in turn reducing congestion.

"The fines on drivers who break the law pay for the Freedom Passes we give to over 20,000 people in Merton who qualify for this popular concession."