Equality Impact Assessment

Closes 19 Apr 2020

Opened 10 Feb 2020

Overview

We are subject to the general public sector equality duty set out in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, which requires us to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations by reference to people with protected characteristics. The protected characteristics are: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. As part of our decision-making process on proposals for new schemes, we have had due regard to any impacts on those with protected characteristics and the need to ensure their interests are taken into account.

In considering the design of our streets, we closely consider the needs of all users throughout the design process. As this scheme is a significant infrastructure project we:

  • Have completed an Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) to review potential impacts on equality target groups, including disabled people
  • Will carry out public consultations, including targeted engagement with specific user groups
  • Will continue to ensure we comply with established guidance – such as the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges – which includes detailed requirements for disabled people

The EqIA carried out on these proposals shows positive impacts have been identified for those with disabilities and restricted mobility, as the scheme proposes a number of improvements to pedestrian facilities including enhanced crossing facilities, increased pavement widths and new pedestrian crossings. A positive impact has also been identified in relation to the segregated cycle facilities proposed as part of the scheme, the scheme will provide a safe environment for cyclists of all ages, improving health and wellbeing.

Some negative impacts have been identified for those people who rely on private cars to make their journeys, where we are proposing a reduction in traffic lanes and the related increase in journey time for general traffic. There are also some negative impacts for those people using some bus routes which are expected to experience journey time delays.

A possible perceived negative impact has also been identified in relation to visually impaired pedestrians crossing the cycle track at informal crossings to locate the signalised crossing point. We are proposing zebra crossings across the cycle track to a floating island where pedestrians will be able to access the signalised pedestrian crossing to cross the road. This provides the pedestrian with a priority crossing from footway to footway. All zebra crossings will include tactile paving and be raised to footway level to create a flush surface. Our research has found that zebra crossings at bus stop bypasses are preferred by those with protected characteristics. Click here for more information on bus stop bypasses. We will continue to monitor this intervention and seek to gain feedback on the success of this approach.

The EqIA will be kept under review and updated to reflect any material changes to the proposals.

Click here for our Equality Impact Assessment (PDF 3.66MB)

Give Us Your Views

Areas

  • Lambeth

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Cycling
  • Roads
  • Walking