20mph limit for Belfast city centre

20mph limit for Belfast city centre

Drivers in Belfast city centre will soon have to adhere to a 20mph speed limit.

The new zone is to be introduced from the end of the month in a bid to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians.

There will be no road humps, so as not to inconvenience drivers, but speed cameras will remain in place.

It is part of a pilot scheme across Northern Ireland, which will also see 20mph zones in other areas including Newtownabbey, Ballynahinch, Ballymena and Ballycastle.

The Department for Regional Development (DRD) says the pilots will be closely monitored over the coming months to evaluate their effectiveness.

If successful in improving road safety, more areas across the country could see the introduction of 20mph zones.

Additional black and yellow information signs and variable messaging signs will be used to inform drivers of the change in speed limit.

The DRD had wanted to introduce the new limits in Belfast before Christmas but decided to postpone the move to minimise disruption to shoppers.

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