Active Travel Plan

Cycle Routes

In September 2014, the Welsh Government introduced the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 which places a legal requirement on local authorities in Wales to map, plan, improve and promote routes deemed suitable for active travel. To meet the requirements of the Act, Torfaen CBC must publish an Existing Routes Map (ERM) that shows routes which meet the standards set out in Welsh Government Design Guidance.

Active travel means walking and cycling for everyday short-distance journeys, such as journeys to school, work, or for access to shops or services.  Active travel does not include journeys purely made for recreation or social reasons. The ERM will be used by people who wish to plan their walking and cycling journeys. These maps do not show all walking and cycling routes available in Torfaen.

Following a public consultation carried out by Torfaen in 2015 a draft ERM was submitted to Welsh Government on the 22nd January 2016 and subsequently approved in July 2016. The following link will take you to an interactive map showing the approved routes.

Alternatively, the following link shows 10 areas where the approved routes are located:

Two of the routes did not meet the standards set out in the Design Guidance and therefore a statement has been added to be read in conjunction with maps as required by the Act.

A schedule of routes is included below indicating the start and finish points of each route. Further information on other walking and cycling routes in Torfaen can be found on the Walking and Cycling pages.

Integrated Network Map

Torfaen County Borough Council is required by the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 to produce an Integrated Network Map setting out a 15 year programme of improvements to active travel routes. The maps will show proposed future networks of key walking routes and key cycling routes and facilities.

Following the public consultation on the Integrated Network Map in the spring and summer of 2017, the finalised Integrated Network Work Map was submitted to Welsh Government for Ministerial Inspection on the 3rd November 2017.

The following links shows the 4 areas where the approved routes are located:

Annual Reports

The Council is required to produce an annual report detailing the actions taken in the previous financial year to promote active travel, and the costs incurred for new or improved active travel routes and facilities. Please find below the reports that have been submitted to Welsh Government by the Council.

Last Modified: 04/02/2022
For more information contact:

Neighbourhood Services

Tel: 01633 648035


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