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The Act gives Welsh Ministers the power to issue guidance on the processes and procedures that need to be followed to meet the requirements of the Act.

Direction on designated localities

The Act gives the Welsh Ministers powers to specify which areas of Wales are covered by the Act. The Direction on designated localities was issued to local authorities on 02 October 2014.

You can view the designated localities on the Map of designated localities (external link).

Direction on existing route maps

In May 2015, Welsh Ministers issued a direction to local authorities extending the deadline for submission of existing route maps to 22 January 2016.

Design guidance

The Act gives Welsh Ministers the power to issue guidance on the location, nature and condition that routes must meet before they can be considered as active travel routes. This document is to be used by everyone involved in the planning, design, approval, construction and maintenance of active travel networks and infrastructure and will be of benefit to professional staff working for those responsible for creating, modifying and managing our built environment.

Delivery guidance

The Delivery guidance has been issued by Welsh Ministers.


The active travel independent report by Professor Stuart Cole follows on from the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 and the subsequent documents - Design Guidance, Action Plan, and Delivery Plan. The report was commissioned by the Minister for Economy, Science and Transport.

We commissioned Sustrans to investigate the idea of converting former railway tunnels in south Wales into walking and cycling routes. These would enhance the existing active travel network in the region. They also looked in detail at the Rhondda Tunnel which, if opened, would form the second longest walking and cycling tunnel in the world. Both reports are available to download.