Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013

A Government Bill, introduced by Carl Sargeant, Minister for Local Government and Communities. Following a change in ministerial portfolios in March 2013, the First Minister authorised John Griffiths AM, Minister for Culture and Sport, as the new Member in Charge of the Bill, from 18 March 2013. The Business Committee remitted the Bill to the Enterprise and Business Committee.

About the Bill

The Active Travel (Wales) Bill places a requirement on local authorities to continuously improve facilities and routes for walkers and cyclists and to prepare maps identifying current and potential future routes for their use.  The Bill will also require new road schemes to consider the needs of pedestrians and cyclists at design stage.

Current Stage

The Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 (external website) became law in Wales (external website) on 4 November 2013.

Record of Passage in the National Assembly for Wales

The following table sets out the dates for each stage of the Bill’s passage through the National Assembly for Wales.



Bill introduced – 18 February 2013

Active Travel (Wales) Bill, as introduced

Explanatory Memorandum

Presiding Officer’s Statement on Legislative Competence: 18 February 2013

Business Committee Report on the timetable for the consideration of the Bill: 18 February 2013

Plenary statement: Introduction of the Active Travel (Wales) Bill: 19 February 2013

Research Service Bill Summary

Written Statement by the Minister for Local Government and Communities: 18 February 2013

Legislative Glossary – Active Travel (Wales) Bill (Welsh language version only)

Stage 1
- Committee consideration of general principles

Consultation letter – The Committee issued a call for evidence which closed on 5 April 2013.

Consultation responses


Survey responses: Children and Young People

The Committee considered the Bill on the following dates:

20 February 2013

6 March 2013

20 March 2013

18 April 2013 – AM

18 April 2013 - PM

24 April 2013

2 May 2013

16 May 2013

22 May 2013 (private)




Committee Stage 1 report


Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee Report

Stage 1
- Debate in plenary on general principles

A debate took place in Plenary on 4 June 2013. The motion to agree the general principles of the Bill was agreed.

Financial Resolution

A Financial Resolution in relation to the Active Travel Bill was agreed in Plenary on 4 June 2013.

Stage 2
- Committee consideration of amendments

Stage 2 consideration took place in Committee on 4 July 2013.


Concise Minutes: 4 July 2013.


Notice of Amendments: 25 June 2013

Notice of Amendments: 27 June 2013

Marshalled List of Amendments: 4 July 2013

Groupings of Amendments List: 4 July 2013


Active Travel (Wales) Bill, as amended at Stage 2 (amendments to the Bill since the previous version are indicated by sidelining in the right margin).


Explanatory Memorandum, revised after Stage 2


Research Service Bill Summary 2

Stage 3
- Plenary consideration of amendments

Stage 3 consideration and disposal of amendments took place in Plenary on 1 October 2013.


Notice of Amendments: 20 September 2013

Notice of Amendments: 24 September 2013

Marshalled List of Amendments: 1 October 2013

Groupings of Amendments List: 1 October 2013

Stage 4
- Passing of the Bill in Plenary

The Bill was agreed by the Assembly in accordance with SO 12.36 on 1 October 2013.

Bill, as passed


Active Travel (Wales) Bill, as passed (Crown XML)

Date of Royal Assent

Royal Assent was given on 4 November 2013.



Contact information


Clerk: Sarah Beasley


Phone: 029 2089 8032


Postal address:


National Assembly for Wales

Cardiff Bay


CF99 1NA



Business type: Bill

Reason considered: Government Business;

Status: Complete

First published: 02/04/2013

Decision due: 14 Mar 2013 by Enterprise and Business Committee - Fourth Assembly, Business Committee - Fourth Assembly, Plenary - Fourth Assembly

Lead member: John Griffiths MS