Active Travel Consultation

Integrated Network Map Consultation

Public consultation has now started on Blaenau Gwent County Borough Councils 15-year vision to improve cycling and walking routes across the Borough, with an Integrated Network Map for walking and cycling. This will meet the requirements of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 to plan for the provision of routes and improvements for active travel.

Integrated Network Map for Cycling and Walking

Nine cycling and walking routes have been identified and assessed to identify additional measures to improve their attractiveness, comfort, directness, safety and coherence.

·         HOV1 Bryn Bach Park - Garnlydan

·         TR3 Tredegar Town Centre - Harford Gardens

·         EV3 Ebbw Vale Hospital - 3-11 School

·         BR2 Beaufort - Nantyglo

·         BR3 Brynmawr -  Blaenavon

·         AB2 Six Bells - Aberbeeg

·         LLAN1 Llanhilleth Station - Royal Oak

·         LLAN2/3 Royal Oak - Swffrydd-Crumlin

How do I get involved?

Download the consultation form and email it to activetravel@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk  

If you are providing comments on specific routes or schemes, please provide location details and scheme reference numbers.

The consultation closes on Friday August 4th 2017.

What happens next?

Consultation responses will be reviewed in detail and amendments made to the Integrated Network Map where required.

The Integrated Network Map will be submitted to Welsh Government for approval later this year.

Further information

If you require further information about the Active Travel Integrated Network Map consultation email activetravel@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

What is Active Travel?

The Active Travel (Wales) Act (2013) places duties upon local authorities in Wales to map, plan for, improve and promote opportunities for active travel.

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 purposes.

Active travel is important in promoting healthier lifestyles and reducing the negative impacts of traffic upon our neighbourhoods and communities.

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 an Existing Routes Map by January 2016. This map shows routes within the area that are suitable for active travel and which meet standards set by the Welsh Government. As such the Existing Routes Map does not show all available walking and cycling routes within an area.

Following a period of public consultation, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council’s Existing Routes Map was submitted to the Welsh Government in January 2016 and approved in April 2016.

The routes within Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council’s Existing Routes Map can be viewed below.

Existing route maps

What are the next steps?

The next step is that local authorities must produce an Integrated Network Map.

This will set out the local authority’s plans for improving active travel routes and facilities over the next 15 years. The map will show the proposed future network of key walking and cycling routes and is likely to include short, medium and longer term schemes. The Integrated Network Map will be submitted to the Welsh Government in September 2017.

The timeline for developing the Integrated Network Map is as follows:

  • Information gathering – Summer/Autumn 2016

  • Assessment of routes – Autumn/Winter 2016/17

  • Development of the draft map – Winter/Spring 2017

  • Formal consultation – Spring/Summer 2017

  • Development of the final map – Summer 2017

  • Submit map to the Welsh Government – Autumn 2017 

We are currently gathering information to inform the development of the Integrated Network Map.

How can I get involved?

At this stage, please get in touch at activetravel@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk if you have suggestions for improving active travel routes within Blaenau Gwent County Borough. For example, you may have suggestions about:

A route that you currently use for walking and/ or cycling that could be improved for active travel journeys;
A missing walking and/ or cycling link that, if provided, could encourage more active travel journeys. 
Remember that an active travel route must connect to a destination, such as a workplace, school, shopping area or facility e.g. health centre. Please make sure your suggestions provide details of where the route is connecting.

There will also be an opportunity to provide your views on the draft Integrated Network Map during the formal consultation in Spring/Summer 2017. Please contact us at activetravel@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk  if you would like to be involved in the consultation.