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Consultation on the revised 'Existing Route Map' and new 'Integrated Network Map' for Neath Port Talbot starts on 26th June

Following approval of the Council's Existing Route Map (ERM) early in 2016, the Council is now consulting on a small number of revisions to the ERM and also on the new emerging Integrated Network Map (INM) and we want you to have your say!

What is Active Travel?

‘Active Travel’ means walking and cycling for everyday short-distance journeys, such as journeys to school, work, or for access to shops or services. It does not include journeys purely made for recreation and social reasons.

The Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 requires the Council to map and plan for suitable active travel routes within certain settlements and publish the following two maps:

  • Existing Route Map (ERM) - identifies the existing routes that are suitable for active travel.
  • Integrated Network Map (INM) - presents the Council’s aspirations for the next 15 years, identifying improvements to existing routes or new routes that could be developed and added to the active travel network.

The Consultation

The consultation period will run for 12 weeks, starting at midday on Monday 26th June and ending at midday on Monday 18th September 2017.

The consultation is an opportunity for you to get involved in determining if the routes are fit for purpose? Are the routes mapped accurately? Do you think they meet the standards? Have any routes been missed?

Everybody and any organisation interested in Active Travel and the development of the ERM and INM in Neath Port Talbot are invited to take part.

Where Can I See the Maps?

An Interactive Active Travel Map is available to access [Click on each route to obtain the details].

View Interactive Travel Map

The consultation document can also be viewed or downloaded below:

File type Document File size
pdf Active Travel - ERM and INM Consultation Document (June17) 6.09 MB

Printed copies of all relevant documents will be available for public inspection during normal opening hours at each of the Civic Centres and at any of the libraries across the County Borough.

Three consultation events will also be held over the summer where you will be able to view the proposals and discuss them directly with officers:

  • Aberafan Shopping Centre, Port Talbot: Tuesday 20th June (10am-4pm)
  • Gwyn Hall, Neath: Wednesday 28th June (10am-4pm)
  • Tesco, Pontardawe: Tuesday 4th July (10am-4pm)

How Can I Comment?

The consultation questionnaire can be submitted directly online

View consultation

Alternatively, questionnaires can be submitted directly online at any of the Council’s Civic Centres or libraries where the staff will be happy to help.

By E-mail

By Post to: Nicola Pearce, Head of Planning and Public Protection, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, The Quays, Brunel Way, Baglan Energy Park, Neath, SA11 2GG.

If you wish to submit the questionnaire via e-mail or post, you will need to use the following form:

File type Document File size
doc Active Travel Questionnaire 211 KB

Please Remember...

Comments received cannot be treated as confidential. All comments will be made available for public inspection and placed on this website.

The deadline for comments is midday on Monday 18th September 2017. Comments received after the deadline will not be accepted.

What Happens Next?

All responses to the consultation will be reviewed by the Council's 'Regeneration and Sustainable Development Cabinet Board', together with any necessary amendments that are needed to the ERM and/or INM. Once approved, the maps will be submitted to the Welsh Government for Ministerial approval early in November 2017.

For More Information

If you require further information in regard to any aspect of the Active Travel maps, you can contact the Council direct either by telephone: [01639] 686845 or e-mail:

Alternatively you can write to us using the address above or visit the Welsh Government website: