A system of average speed cameras on the A10 is up and running – and a police operation to stop dangerous driving will continue “for the foreseeable future”.

Transport for London (TfL) confirmed the new camera system – installed after lobbying from residents, councillors and road safety campaigners – is now operational.

It is hoped the cameras will put a stop to street racers and other dangerous drivers causing accidents on the road, which runs through the borough from the M25 and into Haringey.

Average speed cameras can catch law-breakers even if they are out of range by measuring speed across whole stretches of road.

TfL’s chief safety, health and environment officer Lilli Matson said: “We’re determined to tackle the danger caused by speeding, in line with our Vision Zero commitment to eliminate death and serious injury from London’s roads, and have been working closely with Enfield Council and the Metropolitan Police to solve issues on the A10 for some time.

“We’ve installed a new average speed camera system along the A10, which is now operational, and we’d like to remind drivers that speeding is never acceptable, particularly during this time of national emergency.”

A Metropolitan Police crackdown on dangerous driving on the A10 that began in May last year has led to dozens of arrests and hundreds of drivers reported for excessive speeds.

Superintendent Andy Cox of the Met’s Roads and Traffic Policing Command said: “Beyond operational use of average speed cameras on the A10, the policing operation will continue for the foreseeable future targeting dangerous drivers and promoting effective road safety.

“Updates will continue to be circulated via social media and other means to update the public of enforcement activity and outcomes.”

The news was welcomed by one local councillor who has lobbied hard for the cameras to be installed.

Cllr James Hockney (Conservative, Bush Hill Park), who set up a petition calling for average speed cameras along the A10, said he was “over the moon” after hearing they were operational.

He added: “Speeding and especially racing on the A10 has affected many residents for years with noise pollution and sadly we have seen the loss of life.

“I have also spoken to many residents that live along the A10 who have lived in fear after a series of drivers losing control and plowing into their front gardens. Hopefully with this joint action we can finally address much of the road safety issues on the A10.”