Part-time 20mph speed limit introduced at seven rural primary schools

Date published: 12 September 2018


New part-time speed limits of 20mph will be introduced outside seven rural primary schools on 18 September 2018.


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

The 20mph limit will be in place at the following schools from 18 September:

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

The Department is also consulting on introducing part time speed limits at two further schools in the Londonderry area.

New legislation will reduce the National Speed Limit to 20mph for a short time 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.

Motorists should be aware of, and adhere to, the new arrangements in the vicinity of these schools. Lighting on the signs (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. Installation of the required signage and lighting will be complete on or shortly after 18 September 2018.

Notes to editors: 

  1. The Department for Infrastructure has made a Statutory Rule entitled “The Schools (Part-Time 20mph Speed Limit) Order (Northern Ireland) 2018”, (S.R. 2018 No. 156) -
  2. Copies of the rule may be obtained from Room 301, Clarence Court, 10-18 Adelaide Street, Belfast or viewed online at:
  3. The Department has just opened a consultation on introducing the 20mph limits at the following:
  1. The introduction of these speed restrictions will help deliver action measures identified in the Northern Ireland Road Safety Strategy 2020, helping meet commitments of the Executive’s Outcomes Delivery Plan. 
  2. This third roll out of the scheme follows on from the previous Minister, Chris Hazzard’s commitment to implement these temporary speed limits at further schools. Similar measures introduced at a number of schools in 2016/17 have had a positive impact. These include Moyallon Primary School, Gilford, Clonalig Primary School, Culloville, and St Peter’s Primary School, Collegeland. The Department will continue to monitor the performance of this initiative.
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