Four schools get new speed limit

Four local schools have been included in the latest roll out of part-time 20mph speed limit zones aimed at improving safety for pupils on nearby roads.

Upper Bann DUP MP Carla Lockhart and Councillor Paul Greenfield at Abercorn Primary School.

Abercorn Primary on the Newry Road, Banbridge Academy and Edenderry Primary on the Lurgan Road and Milltown Primary on the same road are all to get 20mph part-time zones outside their schools.

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has said the installation of the new 20mph zones outside some local schools will help improve safety but stressed the importance of policing the new speed restrictions for enforcement purposes.

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Ms Lockhart said: “For some time, my DUP colleagues and I have been pressing the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) to improve safety at a number of local schools where parents and school principals have raised concerns about road safety.

“It is very welcome that the Department recognise these concerns and will now be rolling out part-time 20mph zones at Abercorn Primary School, Banbridge Academy/Edenderry Primary School and Milltown Primary School.

“I know parents, staff and the local community connected to each school will very much welcome this.

“I was pleased to learn that the infrastructure for this will be in place in the next couple of months.

“However, key now is for the PSNI to enforce these speed limits with road safety operations in these areas. Sadly, we see that 30mph limits are ignored in areas right across our community by a minority of motorists who show no regard for the safety of other road users.

“We need the PSNI to be visible when these zones go active and make sure they are adhered to.

“Furthermore, I continue to engage with the Department in relation to other schools where similar road safety concerns exist.

“This is a good start, but more needs done.”