The Act requires local authorities in Wales to produce and publish active travel maps.
Firstly, local authorities were required to produce and publish Existing Routes Maps by January 2016. These maps showed routes within the area that are suitable for active travel and which meet standards set by the Welsh Government. As such the Existing Routes Maps do not show all available walking and cycling routes within an area.
The Welsh Government approved the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Existing Route Maps in August 2015, and the Council is now working towards submitting its Integrated Network Maps which set out the Authority’s aspirations for improving active travel routes across the County over the next 15 years. They will include routes that are currently used but may not meet the standard of Active Travel routes currently, or they could be routes that do not currently exist but that have been identified within other strategic Plans, or have been identified through the consultation process.
The Integrated Network Maps stages to be followed include the following:
• Gather Information
• Journey Mapping
• Route Assessment
• Draft Integrated Network Maps & Scheme Identification
• Final Plan & Prioritisation
Submission deadline: 03 November 2017
The Council is currently at the validation stage, although route assessments will continue to be ongoing until the maps are finalised.