A cycle path connecting Raynes Park to New Malden has gotten the tick of approval.

Last month, Kingston councillors voted unanimously to approve plans to build the 1.2km path that would run from New Malden Station to Raynes Park Recreation Ground.

All that was left was for Merton Council to give the green light, something it did last week.

Merton Councillor Nick Draper said it was a "massive boom" for the community.

"I have to cycle to Kingston from time to time and this new route will be so much safer and easier than the current way," he said.

"It also links up with the existing cycle routes to take you to the centre of Wimbledon so I'm sure a lot of people will be using this.

It is hoped the path would make it easier to travel between the two boroughs without using cars or public transport, going under the A3 Kingston bypass.

The route would follow an existing Thames Water pipe, in line with the railway tracks.

Kingston Councillor Hilary Gander was pleased to hear the project would be going ahead.

“The decision by Merton Council to grant planning permission is welcomed and is an important next step, ahead of the expected construction of the New Malden to Raynes Park Go Cycle route in the summer," he said.

"The new 1.2km track will open up an entirely traffic-free cycling and walking route between New Malden railway station and the Raynes Park Recreation Ground in Merton, providing residents in both boroughs with even more sustainable transport options."

The path for pedestrians and cyclists, is part of Kingston Council’s £34.7 million “mini-Holland” Go Cycle scheme, funded by the Mayor of London.

It will join with Kingston’s other Go Cycle routes, and those under construction.

A comment from Merton Cycling Campaign reads: “Cyclists and pedestrians can only welcome this worthwhile scheme.

“For cycling it provides a valuable link to the improving cycle facilities of Kingston and gives Merton the opportunity to attract cycle traffic from Kingston, not only commuters but also shoppers and leisure cyclists.”

Pending Thames Water approval, construction is due to commence in the summer.