The deputy leader of Waltham Forest council has agreed to look into measures to introduce traffic-calming measures in a 'dangerous' road used as a key rat-run.

People living in Chingford Lane, which connects Chingford with Woodford Green, say motorists regularly break the 30mph speed limit, putting children, who use the road to catch the 675 bus to school, in danger.

Cllr Clyde Loakes, deputy leader and cabinet member for the environment at Waltham Forest council, said there were already plans for a 20mph zone and he was happy to look at installing a pedestrian crossing.

The Labour councillor said: “There are no immediate plans to introduce a new pedestrian crossing along Chingford Lane, but we would be happy to look at such a request.

"It would appear that while the campaign has got as far as involving the MP and getting an article in the local newspaper, it hasn’t yet got round to approaching the council about the idea.

“The campaigners will be pleased to know that we are currently in the process of installing 20mph zones in all residential areas within the borough. 

"This particular location is due to be looked at during the next financial year (2015/16), and as part of this scheme it may be possible to introduce additional road safety measures, such as a crossing, if required.”

Woodford Green MP Iain Duncan Smith met neighbours on Friday afternoon and has joined the campaign.