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Active Travel

The Vale of Glamorgan Council is working to promote and improve opportunities for active travel within the local authority area

  •  What is active travel?

    In September 2014, the Welsh Government introduced the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 which makes it a legal requirement for local authorities in Wales to map and plan for suitable routes for active travel within certain settlements, as specified by Welsh Government.

    Active travel means walking and cycling (including the use of mobility scooters) for everyday journeys. This includes journeys to school, to work, to the shops or to access services e.g. health or leisure centres. Active travel does not include walking and cycling for recreational or social reasons.

    More information on the Act can be found on the Welsh Government website
  •  What has been done so far?

    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

    • Validation

    • 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.

  •  What are the next steps?

    The public consultation runs until 15 September 2017.  


    • All consultation responses will be considered and any amendments will be made to the Active Travel INMs where required.

    • The final Active Travel INMs will be submitted to the Welsh Government for approval in November 2017.










Contact us

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