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Speed limits outside seven Northern Ireland primary schools to be cut to 20mph

A 20mph speed limit sign (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
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Speed limits outside seven primary schools in Northern Ireland are to be cut to 20mph, it has been announced.

The Department of Infrastructure said the part-time speed limits will come into force on September 18 during drop-off and pick-up times.

The 20 mph limit will be in place at the following schools from 18 September:

  • Carrickmannon Road, Ballygowan adjacent to Carrickmannon Primary School
  • Finvoy Road, Ballymoney adjacent to the Carrowreagh Primary School
  • Ballynaskeagh Road, Banbridge adjacent to Bronte Primary School
  • Curragh Road, Coleraine adjacent to Culcrow Primary School
  • Ballyhay Road, Ballyvester Road and Killaughey Road, Donaghadee adjacent to Ballyvester Primary School
  • Derrymore Road, Lurgan adjacent to St Marys Primary School, Gawleys Gate, Lurgan
  • Ballyronan Road and Oaklea Road, Magherafelt adjacent to Woods Primary School

The Department is also considering introducing part time speed limits at two further schools in the Londonderry area.

A spokesperson said: "New legislation will reduce the National Speed Limit to 20 mph for a short time at the start and end of the school day when pupils are arriving in the morning and leaving school in the afternoon.

"This will be for a distance of 400-500 metres along adjacent roads in the vicinity of each school and will be enforceable by the PSNI.

"Motorists should be aware of, and adhere to, the new arrangements in the vicinity of these schools. Lighting on the signs (Wig Wag lights) will advise motorists when the speed limit is in effect.

"These signs will remain off for most of the time but will light up at the start and end of the school day. Installation of the required signage and lighting will be complete on or shortly after 18 September 2018."

SDLP MLA John Dallat welcomed the move.

“Only a number of weeks ago I called on the Department to take such action to ensure we could assist families and children to walk to school safely," he said.

“Today children have lost their open space in their neighbourhoods where they live and particularly on the roads which lead to their schools. Therefore, today’s announcement, whilst long over-due, is an extremely welcome development.

“I would encourage all motorists in these areas to familiarise themselves with and adhere to these changes.”

Belfast Telegraph Digital

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A 20mph speed limit sign (Dominic Lipinski/PA)