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Active Travel

'Active Travel' means walking and cycling in order to get to a destination (also called ‘purposeful journeys’), this includes journeys to school, work or for access to shops or services. Active travel does not include walking and cycling for recreation. Active travel is important in promoting healthier lifestyles and reducing the negative impacts of traffic upon neighbourhoods and communities.

It is a legal requirement in Wales to produce an Active Travel Network Map (ATNM), this shows where walking and cycling routes that already exist (Existing Routes) and where upgrades or brand new routes are anticipated for the next 15 years (Future Routes). As set out by Welsh Government these routes should be in the following areas: 

Neath, Port Talbot, Pontardawe, Croeserw, Cymmer, Brynamman, Gwaun Cae Gurwen, Blaengwrach, Glynneath, Cwmafan, Seven Sisters and Resolven.

The revised Active Travel Network Map for Neath Port Talbot was last approved by Ministers on 27th February 2018.

Why is the Active Travel Network Map important?

We are able to apply for funding from the Welsh Government each year to implement the proposals on the Active Travel Network map. If routes are not on the map they are not eligible for funding, so it is important that we understand what matters to residents of Neath Port Talbot when it comes to walking and cycling routes.

Where Can I See the Active Travel Network Maps?

The approved Existing Routes can be viewed or downloaded on the following link: Existing Route Map

The approved Future Routes can be viewed or downloaded on the following link: Future Routes

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

Interactive Active Travel Map

Printed copies of the maps are available on request.

What Happens Next?

We need to review the Active Travel Network Map every three years and a revised version will need to be submitted to the Welsh Government no later than December 2021.

The consultation on the Active Travel Network Map review has now closed.

For More Information

Telephone: [01639] 686845 or

Alternatively you can visit the Welsh Government Website.