PROW – Copmathorpe Level Crossing Closure, proposed diversion of Public Footpath Copmathorpe No2
Decision Maker: Decision Session - Executive Member for Transport, Executive Member for Transport
Decision status: Decision Made
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
Purpose of Report:
Network Rail are proposing to close the current level crossing in
Copmanthorpe that carries Public
Footpath, Copmanthorpe No 2 and
‘divert’ the footpath across a new stepped bridge which
will be installed at the Beckett’s Crossing site to the north
of the current crossing. The level crossing is to be closed due to
Network Rail’s plans to increase both the speed and the
number of trains in service across all 4 lines, which will create
an increased safety risk to users of the footpath. Network Rail
have submitted an application under s119A of the Highways Act 1980
to enable the above to take place. The report will include a
EqIA to assess the proposal in the
context of the Council’s responsibilities under the
Equalities Act 2010 and the Human Rights Act 1998.
The Executive Member will be asked to make a decision to either support the application and proceed to make the necessary order(s) to affect the requested diversion, or refuse it.
i. Rejected Network Rail’s application to divert the footpath via a stepped footbridge at Beckett’s Crossing.
Reason: As the proposed footbridge would not provide provisions to allow disabled pedestrians to use the crossing. The footbridge proposal being unlight and enclosed was also considered to be an unsafe crossing particularly at night.
Report author: Alison Newbould
Publication date: 17/05/2022
Date of decision: 17/05/2022
Decided at meeting: 17/05/2022 - Decision Session - Executive Member for Transport
Effective from: 20/05/2022