St Paul's School, Bessbrook is the only local school presently included in Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon's part time speed limit implementation. A 20mph speed limit will be introduced during arrival and departure school times.

St Louis' Grammar School and Grange Primary School Kilkeel are also destined for implementation.

New 20mph speed limits to be introduced at local schools.

Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon announced the new speed limits for 103 Schools throughout NI.

 Minister Mallon said “I made a commitment in September last year to bring forward legislation to introduce 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 every day.

“I can today announce that part-time speed limits have now been set in legislation for 103 schools at 90 sites across Northern Ireland. Children, parents and teachers in every part of 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.

“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.”

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon pictured with from left: Pupils Brian Craig, Kiivsach Bradley and  Principal Paul Berne of Edmund Rice College
Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon pictured with from left: Pupils Brian Craig and Kiivsach Bradley and Principal Paul Berne of Edmund Rice College

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 in 2019 to determine the effectiveness of this arrangement of signs and it was found they reduced the mean speed.

Justin McNulty MLA has welcomed the launch of a new 20mph speed limit in the Co Armagh area. Mr McNulty explained, "Parents, pupils and staff at either CBS Armagh, St Paul’s High School, Bessbrook or Tandragee Junior High School know how busy the roads outside each of these schools can be in the mornings and during afternoon pickups. I am delighted that these new Speed Limits have been introduced by my colleague Minister Nichola Mallon. I have no doubt that the launch of the reduced speed limits will enhance safety for our school communities.

"Motorists in the area should make themselves aware of the new limit and slow down when passing. This is an excellent initiative that we’ve been working for a long time to secure. I’m glad that the SDLP has been able to deliver for our community and like the Minister, I want to see a further roll out of these schemes to other schools across the north in due course.  If this scheme can make the areas in and around the vicinity of schools then they must welcomed."

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