Confusion over the speed limit in village

Magheralin speed signage. From Waringstown/Lurgan direction.  40mph.  INLM4914-406
Magheralin speed signage. From Waringstown/Lurgan direction. 40mph. INLM4914-406
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The speed limit signs have been causing some confusion in Magheralin - with the limit different for one side of the road than the other.

Coming out of Lurgan and heading for Moira you can go at a fair old clip of 40mph but getting away from Moira and going to Lurgan takes slightly longer, with the speed limit 30mph on that side of the line.

It’s not clear why the limit may be different.

One of the first to bring the problem to our attention was local motorcycle instructor Alison Campbell, of A+ Motorcycle Academy.

Her expert eye wasn’t long in spotting the discrepancy and she told the ‘MAIL’: “With the increasing number of RTAs and deaths on our roads, the decision to reduce speed limits, particularly through towns and villages, is correct.

“It is very disappointing though that there has been little thought into the change in speed through Magheralin.

“When I go to work I can travel at 40mph but on the way home it’s 30mph! It doesn’t even appear that they are in the middle of a changeover as it has been like this for several days now.

“Hopefully it’ll be sorted soon and bring an end to driver confusion!”

A TransportNI spokesperson said: “TransportNI is aware of the issue in Magheralin, but is, however, grateful for this matter being highlighted by one of your readers.

“The 30mph signs were erected a few days ago in error and they will be replaced by the end of this week (5 December).

“The replacement signs will indicate the correct speed limit of 40mph, the appropriate speed limit for this type of road.

“This extension to the existing speed limit has been agreed in conjunction with the PSNI.

“TransportNI has advised the PSNI of the matter and apologises to road users for any misunderstanding.”