The Active Travel (Wales) Act aims to make active travel the most attractive option for shorter everyday journeys (journeys to work, school, to access shops or services, etc. i.e. not purely recreational). 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 for certain named settlements (Abergavenny, Caldicot, Chepstow, Gilwern, Magor, Monmouth and Usk in the case of Monmouthshire) 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.

Active Travel Existing Routes Maps

The Existing Routes Maps show key walking and cycling routes that have been audited and found complying with the standards set out in the Welsh Government’s Active Travel Act Design Guidance.

Future Networks – Integrated Network Maps

The Integrated Network Maps set out the council’s plans for improving active travel routes in and around the settlements over the following 15 years. The maps show proposed future networks of key walking routes and key cycling routes. Some of the routes shown will already be up to standard (i.e. those that are also included in the Existing Routes Maps), but many fall short of the Design Guidance standard. The maps will include 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.

MCC submitted its INMs on 27 February 2018, and these have now been approved by the Welsh Government. The maps, using official Welsh Government mapping software, can be found below.

If you have any questions or comments on implementing the Active Travel Act in Monmouthshire, please contact Christian Schmidt, Transport Planning & Policy Officer, Monmouthshire County Council, PO Box 106, Caldicot NP26 9AN or email to



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