Pictured outside Rowandale Integrated Primary School are Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Council's Planning Committee, along with parents, teachers and pupils from the school who are looking forward to welcoming Roads Service reduction to the speed limit in the area.
THE DRD are considering lowering the speed limit outside Rowandale Integrated Primary School in Moira after pressure from parents and councillors concerned by speeding traffic.
There is currently a 60mph speed restriction on the road. However, it has now been proposed that the limit be reduced to 40mph in the immediate area around the school.
Parents and teachers at the school had expressed concern for the safety of pupils arriving and leaving school and contacted Lisburn City Council's Chairman of Planning, Alderman James Tinsley, who arranged a meeting with the DRD's Roads Service to resolve the problem.
Following a traffic survey in the area, the Roads Service has now agreed to consider the proposal, much to the school's delight. Speaking at the school, Mr Tinsley said he was pleased that common sense seemed set to prevail and that pupils' safety remained the priority for all involved.
"I am delighted that we have been able to work to introduce a new speed restriction in the area," he said. "The demographics of this area of Moira have changed, with the new school and new housing developments being built here in recent times.
"A new speed limit will help ensure a safer environment for pupils and residents alike in the Clarehill Road area" he added.
Mrs. Frances Hughes, Principal of Rowandale Integrated Primary thanked all those involved. "Parents and teachers are delighted that Roads Service is considering this proposal that will benefit the safety and well-being of the whole school community," she said.