1. ITV Report

New speed limits to be introduced outside rural schools

New part-time speed limits of 20mph are to be introduced outside several rural schools from Tuesday 18 September.

The new speed limits are at schools near Ballygowan, Ballymoney, Banbridge, Coleraine, Donaghadee, Lurgan and Magherafelt.

They will be in place for a short duration at the start and end of the school day when pupils are arriving in the morning and leaving school in the afternoon.

This will be for a distance of 400-500 metres along adjacent roads in the vicinity of each school and will be enforceable by the PSNI.

The following schools will be affected from next week:

  • Carrickmannon Primary School (Carrickmannon Road, Ballygowan);
  • Carrowreagh Primary School (Finvoy Road, Ballymoney);
  • Bronte Primary School (Ballynaskeagh Road, Banbridge);
  • Culcrow Primary School (Curragh Road, Coleraine);
  • Ballyvester Primary School (Ballyhay Road, Ballyvester Road and Killaughey Road, Donaghadee);
  • St Marys Primary School (Derrymore Road, Lurgan);
  • Woods Primary School (Ballyronan Road and Oaklea Road, Magherafelt).

The Department for Infrastructure has said drivers should be aware of, and adhere to, the new arrangements in the vicinity of these schools.

Lighting on the signs - known as Wig Wag lights - will advise motorists when the speed limit is in effect.

These signs will remain off for most of the time but will light up at the start and end of the school day.

SDLP MLA John Dallat MLA has said that "whilst long over-due," the announcement "is an extremely welcome development."