Major Lewisham commuter roads were shut down this morning as passionate climate change campaigners demanded Government action on air quality.

This comes after London Mayor Sadiq Khan said Lewisham’s air quality was a "health crisis".

Extinction Rebellion promised to "swarm" major roads in Lewisham from 7.30 until 9am this morning.

Roads are now reopening but there is currently congestion to roads through Blackheath and the A2 is struggling with a build up of traffic.

The protestors said the road blocks are now over and they thanked drivers for their patience and said they felt like they had "no other choice".

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Delays are also being felt along the A20 Lee High Road as protestors continue to block roads in Lewisham, Deptford and Catford.

Other roads affected after the South Circular on the Catford Gyratory, the A2 near to Deptford Cinema and the A21 Lewisham High Street by the DLR station.

After criticism on social media, the official Extinction Rebellion Lewisham Twitter account replied: "We're parents, teachers and citizens. We care very much about the future generation. I'm currently 9 months pregnant and terrified for my children.

"Everything has been tried. We wish we didn't have to do this but we've run out of options."

The death of a nine-year-old child who lived in the area is to be re-examined at an inquest, to determine whether it was linked to air pollution.

Ella Kissi-Debrah, who lived near the South Circular Road in Lewisham, died in 2013 after having an asthma attack. She had been having seizures for three years.

Today was the latest in a series of actions by Extinction Rebellion, who brought parts of central London to a standstill in April.

Protesters in Parliament Square, Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Circus and Marble Arch led to road closures and traffic gridlock for ten days.

More than 1,000 people were arrested after campaigners glued themselves to DLR trains and parked a boat in the middle of Oxford Circus.