A 20mph speed limit will come into play outside a county Armagh school next month.
There have been calls for the reduction of the speed limit outside a number of schools across the county and Clonalig Primary School in Culloville will be the latest.
Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has confirmed a part time 20mph speed limit will be in operation at Clonalig Primary School, Culloville, by the middle of next month after some final commissioning checks.
The part time speed limit will apply for a distance of 400-500 metres along the road in the vicinity of the school from the middle of February.
Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard said: “These measures will enable the national speed limit to be reduced to 20mph at times when pupils are arriving and leaving school. This will significantly improve safety in the vicinity of the school at the start and end of the school day.”
Similar measures recently introduced at Moyallon Primary School, Gilford and St Peter’s Primary School, Collegeland have had a positive impact.
He added: “The safety of our children, especially as they travel to and from school each day is paramount. During the winter period with shorter daylight hours, all drivers are reminded to watch out for children walking or cycling, and to take extra care around school buses especially when children are getting on or off. I would also ask the public for their cooperation and to comply with the speed limits in order to improve road safety at all schools.”
When the signs are lit the speed limit is in effect and will be enforceable by the PSNI.
Motorists should be aware of the new arrangements in the vicinity of the school and should adhere to the signs.
The signs will remain off for most of the time but will light up at the start and end of the school day when the speed limit is in effect.