Part-time 20mph speed limits outside local schools

New part-time speed limits are to be introduced on roads adjacent to a number of local schools.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 3:10 pm
Pupils and a school principal join Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon (on right) to announce the new speed limits outside schools across NI.
Pupils and a school principal join Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon (on right) to announce the new speed limits outside schools across NI.

Details of the new 20mph speed limit were revealed by the North’s Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon.

At each of the schools, new road signs will be erected in the form of standard fixed speed limit roundel signs with flashing amber lights set to come on at the times the reduced speed limit applies.

The local schools to benefit from the 20mph speed limit schemes include Culmore Primary School, Culmore Road, Derry, Foyle College, Limavady Road, Derry,

Ebrington Primary and Nursery, Limavady Road, Derry, St Paul’s Primary School, Moss Road, Derry, Model Primary School, Northland Road, Derry, Holy Cross, Melmount Road, Strabane, St Marys PS, Melmount Road, Strabane, St Canice PS, Glenedra Road, Feeny, Drumrane PS, Drumrane Road, Dungiven, and St Matthew’s PS 296 Drumsurn Road, Limavady.

The new legislation also include the amendment of an existing speed limit at Ballougry Primary School on the outskirts of Derry.

Nichola Mallon says that, as a result of the new schemes, children, parents and teachers across the North will see positive, practical changes to limit vehicles speeding on the roads around their schools.

“Road safety, especially around our schools, is a priority of mine and it is my intention that, through future programmes, many more schools will have a 20mph speed limit on the roads outside their gates,” she said.

“My officials are working to complete the schemes, with the legislation now in place to enforce the new part-time 20mph speed limit measures at these schools.

“This is another step forward in our efforts to make our roads safer for all users. However, I would reiterate that we all have a collective responsibility to take care using our roads.”