The Active Travel (Wales) Act aims to make active travel the most attractive option for shorter journeys. Enabling more people to undertake active travel will mean more people can enjoy the health benefits of active travel, help reduce greenhouse emissions, tackle poverty and disadvantage and help our economy to grow.
The Act requires local authorities in Wales to produce active travel maps and deliver year on year improvements in active travel routes and facilities. It requires highways authorities in Wales to make enhancements to routes and facilities for pedestrians and cyclists in all new road schemes and to have regard to the needs of walkers and cyclists in a range of other highway authority functions. It also requires the Welsh Ministers and local authorities to promote active travel journeys in exercising their functions under this Act.
Future Networks: Integrated Network Mapping
The Integrated Network Maps set out the council’s plans for improving active travel routes over the following 15 years. The maps show proposed future networks of key walking routes and key cycling routes and the existing network. They show where the proposed routes fall short of the Design Guidance standard, and will include ‘shovel ready’ schemes for delivery in the next couple of years, schemes for delivery in the medium term, and longer-term proposals of a more aspirational nature.
Monmouthshire County Council (MCC) is undertaking an online consultation taking place between Tuesday 25th October 2017 and Tuesday 16th January 2018 on the Integrated Network Map (INM) phase of the Active Travel (Wales) Act.
Monmouthshire’s Draft INM shows potential future walking and cycling routes within the county as well as links to neighbouring authorities. These forward looking maps will show how the existing network could be advanced in future years and will show proposed improvements of existing routes. Enabling more people to undertake active travel will mean more people can enjoy the health benefits of active travel, help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, tackle poverty and help our economy to grow.
Please view the proposed maps and complete a brief survey. The consultation will close on the 16th January 2018, after which we will be collating responses prior to submission to the Welsh Government.
Consultation exhibitions will be held at the following locations:
Wednesday 8th November, 9:30am – 4:00pm – Abergavenny Leisure Centre, Old Hereford Rd, Abergavenny NP7 6EP
Thursday 9th November, 9:30am – 4:00pm – Gilwern Outdoor Education Centre, Ty Mawr Rd, Gilwern, Abergavenny NP7 0EB
Monday 13th November, 9:30am – 4:00pm – Monmouth Library, Rolls Hall, Whitecross St, Monmouth NP25 3BY
Tuesday 14th November, 9:30am – 4:00pm – Magor Post Office, The Square, Magor, Caldicot NP26 3EP
Wednesday 15th November, 9:30am – 4:00pm – Usk Community Hub / Library, 35 Maryport St, Usk NP15 1AE
Friday 17th November, 9:30am – 4:00pm – Chepstow Library, 9 Bank St, Chepstow NP16 5EN
Tuesday 21st November, 9:30am – 4:00pm – Caldicot Library, 6 Newport Rd, Caldicot NP26 4XF
Responses will be treated in confidence in accordance with Data Protection Act 1998.
Please complete the survey below, if you are not a user of My Monmouthshire you can complete the survey anonymously.
Active Travel Existing Routes Maps
Across six areas (Abergavenny, Chepstow, Gilwern, Monmouth, Caldicot-Magor and Usk) the Existing Routes Maps show key walking and cycling routes that are deemed relevant for everyday journeys (journeys to work, school, to access shops or services, etc. i.e. not purely recreational) and that have been audited and found complying with the standards set out in the Welsh Government’s Active Travel Act Design Guidance.
Monmouthshire County Council undertook a public consultation on its draft Existing Route Maps in autumn 2015. A substantial number of responses were received. MCC then submitted its first set of Existing Route Maps to Welsh Government in January 2016. Welsh Government responded in April directing MCC to delete a number of routes that were not approved, and MCC resubmitted amended maps in June 2016.
An initial consultation report and the maps submitted to Welsh Government can be found below. MCC will be required to review it its Existing Routes Maps as part of the Integrated Network Map work. MCC also made use of the consultation responses in its Active Travel Quick Wins bid.
If you have any other comments on implementing the Active Travel Act in Monmouthshire, please email to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Christian Schmidt, Passenger Transport Unit, Monmouthshire County Council, PO Box 106, Caldicot, NP26 9AN.