School 20mph zones “excellent news” – Sugden

EAST Londonderry MLA Claire Sugden has hailed the introduction of new 20mph speed limits outside several local primary schools as “excellent news” that will dramatically increase pupils’ safety.

The speed limits – which will be in operation during drop-off and collection times – are planned for Carnalridge PS in Portrush, Ballytober PS in Bushmills, Drumrane PS in Dungiven, St Patrick’s and St Joseph’s PS in Garvagh and St Matthew’s PS in Limavady. They are among 100 primary schools across Northern Ireland that will see the new speed limits put in place.

“Ensuring the safety of our children as they arrive and leave school is essential,” Ms Sugden said. “Introducing these new speed limits will help do so and bring greater peace of mind to parents, teachers and pupils.

“There are many other schools locally, and across Northern Ireland, that would benefit from lower speed limits and I would urge the Minister for Infrastructure not to stop here, but to engage with other schools that have been campaigning for changes to traffic rules.

“Making changes to speed limits and introducing traffic-calming measures can be a lengthy and frustrating endeavour, as anyone who has campaigned for them will know. These changes will hopefully pave the way for others to follow.”

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said the department would commit to prioritising road safety around schools and would now aim to introduce “many more” 20mph speed limits.