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Consultation

Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 - Post-Legislative Scrutiny

Response to the consultation

Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation

Purpose of the consultation

The Active Travel (Wales) Bill was scrutinised by the Fourth Assembly Enterprise and Business Committee and received Royal Assent in November 2013. The Act imposes duties on local authorities to map current and future active travel infrastructure and secure continuous improvement.  It also imposes duties on local authorities and the Welsh Government in exercising certain highway authority functions (particularly highway creation, maintenance and improvement).

 

The Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 (the Act) came into force in September 2014. The term ‘active travel’ means walking and cycling and the Act focuses on walking and cycling for transport rather than leisure. Section 2(7) of the Act defines an “active travel journey” as “a journey made to or from a workplace or educational establishment or in order to access health, leisure or other services or facilities”.

 

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The Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee will undertake post-legislative scrutiny to build on initial post-legislative scrutiny undertaken by the predecessor Enterprise and Business Committee (Active Travel: the start of the journey February 2016).

 

The Committee is looking at the following issues:

  • To assess the implementation and operation to date of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013, including:
    • How far the stated objectives of the Active Travel Act are being achieved;
    • The effectiveness of subordinate legislation and guidance made under the Act;
    • Any action which should be taken to improve the effectiveness of the Act and its implementation; and
    • How far the Act has represented, and will continue to represent, value for money.       
  • To assess the effectiveness of wider active travel policy in supporting delivery of the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013, including:
    • The effectiveness of the Active Travel Action Plan;
    • Whether sufficient funding and capacity are available to support implementation of the Act itself and wider active travel policy;
    • The operation of the Active Travel Board; and
    • Whether active travel is integrated effectively in wider Welsh Government and local government policy.

 

The deadline for responses is 14 February 2018. Please send your views to: SeneddEIS@assembly.wales

 

Providing Written Evidence

The National Assembly for Wales has two official languages, Welsh and English.

 

In line with the Assembly’s Official Languages Scheme, the Committee requests that documents or written responses to consultations intended for publication or use in National Assembly proceedings are submitted bilingually. When documents or written responses are not submitted bilingually, we will publish in the language submitted, stating that it has been received in that language only.

 

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Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.

 

Disclosure of information

Please ensure that you have considered the Assembly’s policy on disclosure of information before submitting information to the Committee.

 

Survey

The Committee would like to hear your views on active travel and is conducting a survey which can be found here:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ActiveTravelC

 

Focus groups

The Committee will also be conducting a small number of focus groups across Wales to understand perceived barriers to active travel.

 

Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee
National Assembly for Wales
Pierhead Street
Cardiff
CF99 1NA

Email: SeneddEIS@assembly.wales

 

 

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