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Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013

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3Existing routes maps

(1)Each local authority must—

(a)prepare an existing routes map, and

(b)submit it to the Welsh Ministers for approval.

(2)For the purposes of this Act, “existing routes map”, in relation to a local authority, means a map showing the active travel routes and related facilities in the local authority’s area.

(3)In preparing its existing routes map a local authority must consult—

(a)all persons who have requested the local authority that they be consulted about its existing routes map, and

(b)any such other persons as it considers appropriate.

(4)In preparing its existing routes map a local authority must have regard to guidance given by the Welsh Ministers as to—

(a)the consultation and other steps to be taken in preparing it,

(b)the matters to be shown on it, and

(c)its form.

(5)A local authority must submit its existing routes map to the Welsh Ministers for approval⁠—

(a)before the end of the period of 1 year beginning with the day on which this section comes into force, or

(b)if the Welsh Ministers by direction given to the local authority specify a date after the end of that period as the date by which it must be submitted to them, no later than that date.

(6)When submitting an existing routes map to the Welsh Ministers under this section a local authority must also submit to them—

(a)a statement of the extent (if any) to which any of the active travel routes shown on it do not conform to standards specified in guidance given under section 2(6), and

(b)an explanation of why the local authority has nevertheless decided that it is appropriate for them to be regarded as active travel routes.

(7)When submitting an existing routes map to the Welsh Ministers under this section on any occasion other than the first, a local authority must also submit to them a report specifying how the level of use of active travel routes and related facilities in the local authority’s area has changed since the previous occasion on which an existing routes map was submitted to the Welsh Ministers under this section by the local authority.

(8)If the Welsh Ministers decide not to approve an existing routes map submitted to them by a local authority under this section, they may by direction given to the local authority require the local authority—

(a)to revise (or further revise) it, and

(b)to submit it to them for approval no later than the date specified in the direction.

(9)In determining whether to approve an existing routes map submitted to them by a local authority under this section the Welsh Ministers must—

(a)consider whether the local authority has complied with subsections (3) and (4) in preparing it, and

(b)consider the content of the statement and explanation submitted under subsection (6).

(10)Once an existing routes map prepared by a local authority has been approved by the Welsh Ministers, the local authority—

(a)must keep it under review,

(b)may revise it, and

(c)must submit it to the Welsh Ministers for approval on each occasion on which the local authority’s integrated network map is submitted for approval under section 4.

(11)The Welsh Ministers may by direction given to a local authority specify an occasion different from that specified in subsection (10)(c) as the occasion on which the local authority must submit an existing routes map to the Welsh Ministers for approval.

4Integrated network maps

(1)Each local authority must—

(a)prepare an integrated network map, and

(b)submit it to the Welsh Ministers for approval.

(2)For the purposes of this Act, “integrated network map”, in relation to a local authority, means a map showing—

(a)the new active travel routes and related facilities, and

(b)the improvements of existing active travel routes and related facilities,

that the local authority considers are needed to develop or enhance an integrated network of active travel routes and related facilities in designated localities in its area.

(3)In preparing its integrated network map a local authority must consult—

(a)all persons who have requested the local authority that they be consulted about its integrated network map, and

(b)any such other persons as it considers appropriate.

(4)In preparing its integrated network map a local authority must have regard to the desirability of—

(a)promoting active travel journeys, and

(b)securing new active travel routes and related facilities and improvements in existing active travel routes and related facilities.

(5)In preparing its integrated network map a local authority must have regard to guidance issued by the Welsh Ministers as to—

(a)the consultation and other steps to be taken in preparing it,

(b)the period to which it is to relate,

(c)the matters to be shown on it, and

(d)its form.

(6)A local authority must submit its integrated network map to the Welsh Ministers for approval—

(a)before the end of the period of 3 years beginning with the day on which this section comes into force, or

(b)if the Welsh Ministers by direction given to the local authority specify a date after the end of that period as the date by which it must be submitted to them, no later than that date.

(7)If the Welsh Ministers decide not to approve an integrated network map submitted to them by a local authority under this section, they may by direction given to the local authority require the local authority—

(a)to revise (or further revise) it, and

(b)to submit it to them for approval no later than the date specified in the direction.

(8)In determining whether to approve an integrated network map submitted to them by a local authority under this section the Welsh Ministers must consider whether the local authority has complied with subsections (3) and (5) in preparing it.

(9)Once an integrated network map prepared by a local authority has been approved by the Welsh Ministers, the local authority—

(a)must keep it under review,

(b)may revise it, and

(c)must submit it to the Welsh Ministers for approval before the end of each period of 3 years beginning with the day on which it was last approved by them.

(10)The Welsh Ministers may by direction given to a local authority specify a period different from that in subsection (9)(c) as the period before the end of which the local authority must submit an integrated network map to the Welsh Ministers for approval.

5Publication etc. of maps

(1)As soon as reasonably practicable after an existing routes map or integrated network map prepared by a local authority has been approved by the Welsh Ministers, the local authority must—

(a)publish it in such manner as it considers appropriate,

(b)send a free copy to such persons as it considers appropriate,

(c)supply a copy of it, or a part of it, to any person on request either free of charge or at no more than the cost of providing the copy,

(d)cause a copy to be made available for inspection (at all reasonable hours) at such places as it considers appropriate, and

(e)give notice, in such manner as it considers appropriate, for bringing the attention of the public to the places at which a copy of it is available for inspection.

(2)In determining what it considers appropriate for the purposes of subsection (1) a local authority must have regard to guidance given by the Welsh Ministers.

(3)Where, in connection with an existing routes map which is approved by the Welsh Ministers, a local authority has submitted to them a statement and explanation under section 3(6) or a report under section 3(7), the local authority must—

(a)publish it in such manner as it considers appropriate,

(b)send a free copy to such persons as it considers appropriate,

(c)supply a copy of it, or of a part of it, to any person either free of charge or at no more than the cost of providing the copy,

(d)cause a copy to be made available for inspection (at all reasonable hours) at such places as it considers appropriate, and

(e)give notice, in such manner as it considers appropriate, for bringing the attention of the public to the places at which a copy of it is available for inspection.

6Developing transport policies with regard to integrated network map

Each local authority must, in developing policies under section 108(1)(a) or (2A) of the Transport Act 2000 (policies forming basis of local transport plans), have regard to the integrated network map for its area.

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