Initial equality impact assessment screening form


This form records an equality screening process to determine the relevance of equality to a proposal, and a decision whether or not a full EIA would be appropriate or proportionate.



Business and Environmental Services

Service area

Transport Planning

Proposal being screened

Transport Works Acts Order (TWAO) known as The Network Rail (Church Fenton Level Crossing Reduction) Order

Officer(s) carrying out screening

Graham North

What are you proposing to do?

Providing a NYCC response as a statutory consultee to the draft TWAO within 42 calendar days or by 8th September 2022.

Why are you proposing this? What are the desired outcomes?

In response to the TWAO NYCC will ensure that Equalities are included.

Does the proposal involve a significant commitment or removal of resources? Please give details.



Impact on people with any of the following protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010, or NYCC’s additional agreed characteristics

As part of this assessment, please consider the following questions:

·       To what extent is this service used by particular groups of people with protected characteristics?

·       Does the proposal relate to functions that previous consultation has identified as important?

·       Do different groups have different needs or experiences in the area the proposal relates to?


If for any characteristic it is considered that there is likely to be an adverse impact or you have ticked ‘Don’t know/no info available’, then a full EIA should be carried out where this is proportionate. You are advised to speak to your Equality rep for advice if you are in any doubt.


Protected characteristic

Potential for adverse impact

Don’t know/No info available



















Sexual orientation




Gender reassignment




Religion or belief




Pregnancy or maternity




Marriage or civil partnership




NYCC additional characteristics

People in rural areas




People on a low income




Carer (unpaid family or friend)




Does the proposal relate to an area where there are known inequalities/probable impacts (e.g. disabled people’s access to public transport)? Please give details.


Will the proposal have a significant effect on how other organisations operate? (e.g. partners, funding criteria, etc.). Do any of these organisations support people with protected characteristics? Please explain why you have reached this conclusion.



Decision (Please tick one option)

EIA not relevant or proportionate:


Continue to full EIA:


Reason for decision

This report is a comment on a proposal (see below) by Network Rail and as such has no direct impact on people with protected characteristics. Discussions with Network Rail have shown that they have considered any equalities issues and have acted accordingly.


An existing level crossing and footbridge being replaced by a new footbridge and new road and road bridge including footpath, though a longer route round should make it easier and safer for all to access the houses on Rose Lane and for landowners (agricultural) to access their land and close two User Worked Crossings. The work will enable the railway to be electrified, improving journey times and reliability of the railway encouraging modal shift to rail, whilst making it safer for all users.


Signed (Assistant Director or equivalent)

Karl Battersby



12 August 2022