Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has today announced the roll out of part-time 20mph speed limit schemes at 100 schools across Northern Ireland.
Making the announcement, Minister Mallon said: “I made a commitment in June to allocate £2million of funding to bring forward part-time 20mph speed limits at around 100 schools across Northern Ireland so that parents, children and staff will be safer as they go to and from school on a daily basis.”
Some of the schools getting 20mph limits include Ballymena Academy; St Paul’s Primary School, Ahoghill; The Diamond Primary School, Cullybackey and Moorfields Primary School.
A full list of schools in the Northern Division can be viewed below.
The Minister added: “I am delighted today to announce the 100 schools that will benefit from the introduction of the new reduced speed limits for this year. Children, parents and teachers in every part of the North will see positive, practical changes delivered on the ground by the Department of Infrastructure in their community.
“Schools in Northern Ireland were assessed across our four roads Divisions and 25 schools in each Division were identified based on considerations of need as well as individual site constraints.
“Road safety, especially around our schools, is a priority and it is my intention that through future programmes many more schools will have a 20mph speed limit on the roads outside their gates.
“My officials are working at pace to develop the schemes, take forward the legislation and put in place the new part-time 20mph speed limit measures at these schools.
“This is another step forward in our effort to make our roads safer, however, it is vital that all road users take care on our roads. Together we can deliver safer places for all our communities.”
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.
This follows trials at a number of schools to determine the effectiveness of this arrangement of signs and it was found they have a positive impact on the reduction in mean speed.
The full list of schools to benefit from the 20mph speed limit schemes is available here: https://www.infrastructure-ni.gov.uk/publications/20mph-speed-limit-schemes-100-schools
Chair of the Infrastructure Committee, and Strangford MLA Michelle McIlveen, has welcomed the roll out of part-time 20 mph speed limits at 100 schools across Northern Ireland.
Commenting on the announcement the DUP MLA said, “This is a very welcome announcement by the Minister for Infrastructure. I know colleagues across Northern Ireland have lobbied for this at individual schools in their constituencies. It is also positive that 25 schools in each roads division will benefit.
“Trials of the part-time 20mph signage have shown to have a positive impact upon road safety and can help play a positive role in keeping pupils safe.”