Newry MLA calls for 20mph zones outside schools

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Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
Community, Politics

Newry and Armagh MLA Liz Kimmins has called for the reduction of the speed limit outside all possible schools throughout the north.

She was speaking at a recent week’s Infrastructure committee.

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“I asked the department about lowering the speed limit outside all schools to 20mph, particularly for rural areas where some roads have the national speed limit which is totally unacceptable,” she told Newry Times.



“This is something schools in my constituency have been continually raising concerns about, along with many other schools across the north.

 “Not only would lower speeds increase road safety outside schools, but it would also encourage pupils and parents to uptake walking and cycling, as the roads would, in turn, be more hospitable towards other forms of travel. 



She continued, “Promoting active travel at an early age is fundamental if we are to properly achieve a modal shift towards sustainable transport practises. 

“Walking or cycling to school is just a natural way for students to get their daily amounts of physical exercise, and is generally just a great way to start the day.



The local MLA added, “I will continue to press the minister and the department on the progress made on 20mph zones outside schools in Newry and Armagh, as well as the north in the whole.”



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