Mallon announces further roll out of 20mph speed limit schemes at 106 schools

Date published: 02 September 2021

Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon has today announced the roll out of Phase 2 of the part-time 20mph speed limit schemes at 106 schools across Northern Ireland.

20mph speed limit scheme phase 2 Greyabbey

This takes the total number of schools benefiting from this new road safety scheme introduced by Minister Mallon to 209.

Making the announcement, Minister Mallon said:

“I’m delighted that phase 1 of my part-time 20mph speed limits initiative has been delivered to 103 schools across Northern Ireland ensuring that children, parents and staff will be safer as they travel to and from school on a daily basis.  

“Given the success of this initiative, I am today pleased to announce Phase 2 which will see a further 106 schools at 99 sites across the North benefitting from the introduction of new reduced speed limits. 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.

“For Phase 2, schools in Northern Ireland were assessed across our four roads divisions and schools in each division were identified based on considerations of need and individual site constraints. My officials are working hard to develop the schemes, take forward the legislation and put in place this new tranche of part-time 20mph speed limit measures at these schools.

“This is another step forward in our effort to make our roads safer, however, it is vital that all road users continue to take care on our roads. Together we can deliver safer places for all our communities.”

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.

The full list of schools to benefit from Phase 2 of the 20mph speed limit schemes is available at: 20mph speed limit schemes for Schools - Phase 2 

Notes to editors: 

  1. When compared with the previously piloted and used fully electronic LED signing arrangements, the new arrangement using fixed 'normal' signs along with flashing lights will result in better reliability as well as reduced provision and installation costs.  
  2. Divisions are currently taking forward the detailed design that will inform the legislative process required to implement the speed limits. This process will include a public consultation exercise.. It is hoped that the proposals will be received positively and will not be subject to any delay.
  3. All media queries should be directed to the Department for Infrastructure Press Office at:
  4. The Executive Information Service operates an out of hour’s service for media enquiries between 1800hrs and 0800hrs Monday to Friday and at weekends and public holidays. The duty press officer can be contacted on 028 9037 8110.
  5. Photo Caption: Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon with pupils from Grey Abbey Primary School

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