All the blurb below is pure speculation on my part I could be spectacularly wrong.
By my calculations there are 15 teams in North 1 West and only 13 teams in North 1 East, which will mean that there will have to be a level transfer of one team from North 1 West to North 1 East. If a team doesn't volunteer then the team transferred across will be the team in North 1 West with the lowest total mileage (see definition below) to teams in North 1 East.
My guess at the teams in North 1 West and North 1 East is:-
|North 1 West||North 1 East|
|Altrincham Kersal||Bradford & Bingley|
|Broughton Park||Durham City|
|Douglas (I.O.M.)||Malton and Norton|
|Vale of Lune||York|
The RFU's definition of the lowest total mileage is:-
"Lowest Total Mileage is calculated as the sum total of the single journeys in each direction as calculated by the Club Mileage Spreadsheet via Google Maps on default settings. This shall be the quickest route, as calculated by the Google Maps software, in each direction. Any Club whose mileage when reduced by 2% is equal to or less than that of the Club with the Lowest Total Mileage shall be regarded as having an ‘Identical Lowest Total Mileage’. In the absence of a ground postcode then the nearest postcode available for identifying the location of the ground as determined by the DOC will be used with a manual adjustment made if necessary"
If a club's mileage reduced by 2% is less than the lowest then they are regarded as identical.
My calculations for the lowest total mileage are:-
|Original League dist to =>||N1E||Reduced by 2%||
Regarded as Identical to the lowest.
|1||Altrincham Kersal RFC||2380.5|
|3||Broughton Park FC||2405.1||2357.0||YES|
|11||Vale of Lune RUFC||2863.4||2806.1||NO|
|12||Birkenhead Park RFC||2980.9||2921.3||NO|
|13||Firwood Waterloo RFC||3007.6||2947.5||NO|
|15||Douglas (I.O.M.) RFC||4708.7||4614.6||NO|
So my GUESS at the team moving across from North 1 West to North 1 East would be one from Altrincham Kersal, Burnage, Broughton Park or Stockport could be moved across. I've used Google Maps and the Google Apps Script driving distance calculator, the RFU use exactly the same tools.
You can see the spreadsheet tool I've used here.
The first criteria to decide between clubs with Identical Total Mileage is:-
(i) the Club(s) with the Lowest Total Mileage in their home league consistent with their Divisional and Constituent Body affiliation shall remain in that league and the other Club(s) shall be Level Transferred;
Of the teams with Identical Total Mileage to North 1 East (Altrincham Kersal, Burnage, Broughton Park, Stockport ). The table below shows their Total Mileage in their home league (North 1 West).
|Total Mileage in North 1 West for teams with an Identical Total Mileage to North 1 East.|
|Altrincham Kersal RFC||1324.3|
|Broughton Park FC||1371.7|