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1. The purpose of this Guidance is to confirm the priorities that Welsh Government will support through the Active Travel Fund grant to local authorities in Wales in 2023-24.

2. It also sets out the process by which local authorities should submit applications and how they will be assessed. Advice and support to assist local authorities in confirming their proposed schemes and completing their applications is available from the nominated active travel advisor and from Transport for Wales. Local authorities are encouraged to engage with the relevant contact at the earliest opportunity.

3. Funding will be made direct to local authorities for delivery of projects in 2023 to 2024. Applications can also be made for large, complex projects that can take up to three years to complete, but those must be programmed to start construction in 2023-24 and be complete by the end of 2025-26. Estimated total scheme costs must be set out in the application with a breakdown of spend in each financial year. Schemes taking several years to complete, if successful, will be prioritised for funding in subsequent years for the duration of the scheme, subject to grant funding being available and satisfactory progress being made.

4. In your applications you must demonstrate that you have followed the Welsh Government Transport Appraisal Guidance (WelTAG). WelTAG is currently being updated.

5. Welsh transport appraisal guidance (WelTAG) 2022 [HTML] | GOV.WALES

Key changes



Scheme categories

Category 1 scheme indicative funding thresholds increased from £200,000 to £250,000.


Category 1 and/or minor works improvements can be added into Package bids to assist in releasing funding from the Core allocation (this has been included due to the rise in cost of scheme development proposals)

Main scheme application form

Minor changes such as word count reduction within the sections and the simplification and amalgamation of Section 8 into Section 7

Eligibility for Capital funding

6. The majority of the total funding available to deliver Active Travel schemes across Wales for 2023-24 will be available through the Active Travel Fund Grant Programme. This will comprise of a proportion available to local authorities through the main scheme application process, a proportion to provide local authorities with core allocation funding and a proportion to manage the fund and support Welsh Government to enhance the implementation of the Active Travel Act. The core allocations available to local authorities are as shown in Annex 1.

7. All schemes must comply with the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 and its supporting Active Travel Act: guidance and forms, updated in 2021. Funding for active travel schemes will only be granted where scheme design reflects the Active Travel Act Guidance.

8. Schemes that include highway improvement, construction, or traffic management must show how they comply in particular with Section 9 of the Act (Provision for walkers and cyclists in the exercise of certain functions). This includes giving due consideration to the procedures for managing street works, road works and associated maintenance activities wherever they may impact on walkers and cyclists, as set out in 114/20 Supplementary Guidance for the Safety at Street Works and Road Works a Code of Practice 2013 published by the Welsh Government.

9. You will also need to confirm that a scheme is part of an existing or future designated active travel route. Identified ATNM reference numbers should be indicated on the relevant application forms.

10. When designing schemes, local authorities must also consider their responsibilities under Section 6 –The Biodiversity and Resilience of Ecosystems Duty under the Environment (Wales) Act 2016. The duty requires that public authorities must seek to maintain and enhance biodiversity so far as consistent with the proper exercise of their functions, and in so doing, promote the resilience of ecosystems. This is, for example, highly relevant to the treatment of verges and planting schemes as part of transport projects. Guidance on the Duty: Environment (Wales) Act 2016: factsheets | GOV.WALES

11. Local authorities can work together on their applications. The lead local authority must be identified for each scheme. Funding would be allocated to the lead local authority.

12. We will fund works and pre-works/scheme development for main capital schemes and the cost of scheme monitoring and evaluation, engagement and promotion should be included. Local authorities should ensure that adequate consideration is given to each of these elements and further information is included later in this guidance note.

13. Funding will be allocated up to the amount awarded for actual eligible expenditure incurred on an accepted scheme. Funding will be capped at the level of the award and the local authority will be required to carry the risk of any overspend that may occur. Where increased costs arise due to exceptional circumstances, outside the local authority’s control, Welsh Government may consider making additional funding available.

14. Local Authorities will be expected to deliver the schemes accepted in accordance with their applications. Reports on progress will be required at intervals throughout the 2023/24 financial year and end of project information should be provided, either through the existing annual reports or project specific reports, following completion of construction projects to identify the impact of the schemes as well as to capture any lessons learned. Further information will be included in the award letter.

15. The final funding recommendations will also take into consideration the extent to which the local authority has delivered against its forecasts in relation to the Active Travel Fund grant in recent years.

16. Welsh Government officials, Transport for Wales officers or their representatives may request meetings or site visits to discuss scheme progress as considered appropriate. Failure to demonstrate appropriate progress with delivery may result in funding offers being withdrawn and funding claimed up to that point being recovered from a local authority.

17. Where multiple applications are submitted, all schemes or packages of schemes should be ranked in number order of priority.

18. Where multi-year schemes were given approval in 2021-22 or 2022-23, an application will be required to update the information provided previously. Please provide Transport for Wales officials with the scheme names of any continuation schemes as soon as possible, as they can assist this process with the pre-population of the online portal. This should highlight changes to scheme design, timeframes and the amount of grant required. Should the application vary considerably from that previously submitted, this will be appraised as if it was a new scheme and will not automatically attract funding.

Application process

19. Local authorities will be expected to submit their applications via the Transport for Wales online portal.

20. Further guidance and training on how to use the portal is available to local authority officers, for further information and assistance please contact TfW via email at:

21. Applications, including schemes seeking core allocation funding, must include a plan showing the scheme in as much detail as possible at application stage and a map showing how the scheme fits within the wider active travel network to provide context. A grid reference to identify the location of the scheme must also be included on the application form.

22. For all main scheme and scheme development applications, and for relevant core funding applications (e.g. where proposals will enhance or upgrade an existing route), local authorities should provide evidence to support their existing and future route audit scores in the form of completed assessments using the walking and cycling audit tools contained in the Active Travel Act Guidance. If no evidence is provided, this element of the scoring criteria will only be assessed as meeting the minimum audit requirements (70%-79%).

23. Supporting documentation must be provided as follows:

  • maps and plans in respect of all applications (these maps and plans must clearly show the proposed measures). Core applications – plan showing indicative locations will be sufficient. A good practice example is included at Annex 8.
  • design drawings (preferably detailed design) including general arrangement drawings for all construction schemes, and for scheme development and core applications where relevant and available.
  • evidence in support of stage gate progress for main schemes and scheme development proposals.
  • other supporting information, which you feel is essential to the bid, must be kept to a minimum and be anonymised, where applicable.

24. The application requirements vary depending on whether a local authority is making applications for funding relating to main schemes, scheme development proposals or other core allocation activities. These requirements are explained further in the following sections and summarised in Annex 7.

Appraisal process

25. Applications will be appraised by Transport for Wales officers and relevant representatives as appropriate and their recommendations then considered by a panel which includes Welsh Government officials.

26. Final decisions on funding will be made by the Deputy Minister and the Minister for Climate Change.

27. The assessment criteria for the grants are included in Annex 2 (Main Scheme applications) and Annex 3 (Core Allocation applications) below.

28. A weighting will be applied to the assessment criteria for main schemes as set out in the table below, which will be multiplied by the assessment values and added together to provide a final score for each scheme submitted through the competitive bidding process.

Main scheme assessment criteria category

Initial score (max.)


Weighted score (max.)

Strategic Fit - Case for Change




Strategic Fit – Fit with Grant Objectives




Transport Case – Impact Assessment




Infrastructure Quality




Monitoring and Evaluation




Community and Engagement












Total Weighted Score (max.)


Deadline for submissions

29. The deadline for submissions is 23:59 on 1 February 2023.

30. No additional or revised information will be accepted after the above date, unless requested by Transport for Wales.

Main schemes

31. Local authorities are invited to apply for up to four main schemes, or packages of schemes, for routes within or linked to designated localities. These applications should be submitted using the main scheme application form on the online portal. These should be bids for construction works taking schemes (usually in Category 2, 3 or 4 as shown below) from project Stage E (detailed design of a single option) to completion of Stage F (completion and handover). As such, all major delivery risks (e.g. land ownership, consents, legal orders) should have been resolved prior to submission of the funding application. Main scheme applications should not therefore include bids for scheme development proposals which should be funded from within your core allocation and submitted via the core application forms.

32. Local authorities are also able to submit a maximum of one bid, included within their up to four main schemes, that supports the rural offer. These bids should seek to deliver improvements to routes outside designated localities that support the Wales Transport Strategy priority of working towards ‘Safe Cycling from Village to Town’, connecting market towns and other significant local centres to surrounding villages and outlying developments through safe active travel access.

33. Only schemes that have been identified on the Active Travel Network Map, as approved by, or submitted to, Welsh Ministers, will be considered eligible for funding.

34. Being an approved route on the Active Travel Network Map is not a guarantee that the scheme will be funded for delivery. Local authorities must be able to demonstrate that a strong case for change, particularly in relation to meeting the grant objectives, exists at the time of application.

35. Local authorities will be responsible for ensuring that delivery remains on schedule and reporting any change to the works programme and/or spend profile at the earliest opportunity.  Failure to demonstrate appropriate progress with delivery may result in funding offers being withdrawn and funding claimed up to that point being recovered from a local authority.

Project scale and scheme categories

36. Welsh Government will continue to support a range of schemes that vary in size, scale and scope and local authorities are encouraged to develop schemes that are ambitious yet deliverable and that seek to meet the highest quality identified design principles contained within the Active Travel Act Guidance.

37. To assist in determining the level of support, oversight and risk management required for a project, or package of projects, local authorities should identify a scheme category for each project based on the table below:



Indicative threshold

WelTAG Risk Category


Projects are likely to be smaller in scale, low risk, with less technical complexity, and require less support.  Principal focus will be minor works schemes including area-wide initiatives such as enhanced signing, barrier replacement/removal, upgrade of crossing points and work to create filtered permeability.

below £250,000



Small to medium scale proposals that can be delivered within a single financial year with little difficulty. Likelihood of significant outputs in terms of usage or local impact.

£250 to £500K



Medium size schemes. Largest that can be completed in year but could be split over two years.

£500,000 to £1.5 million



Multi-year. Large, complex projects with complex competing demands, requiring greater levels of support to deliver the project.

£1.5 million+


Stage gate system

38. To ensure that schemes are being developed in line with the WelTAG process, a stage gate system was introduced for the Active Travel Fund programme. A process map showing how the current stage gates align to WelTAG and what is required for each stage to enable schemes to progress through the stage gates has been set out in Annex 4. Local authorities are required to indicate on their application for main schemes when they anticipate progressing through the various stage gates in their delivery programme.

39. Local authorities will be asked to provide evidence to demonstrate progression through stage gates as part of their quarterly claims and reporting process, or at other times, when requested. As a minimum, selection of a preferred option and design stages should be discussed and agreed with the nominated advisor prior to proceeding to the next development stage.

40. This stage gate process is currently being reviewed and further guidance on changes to the process will follow. Once introduced, all new schemes brought forward for scheme development will need to follow the updated process.

41. Local authorities will need to agree scheme designs for their proposals with TfW or its representatives prior to undertaking any activities relating to construction. Please do this at the earliest opportunity to minimise delays to project delivery.

Scheme packages

42. Local authorities can submit applications for single projects or for a package of related projects with a common case for change, as set out below, as their (up to) four main schemes. Applications for a package of projects should contain no more than three individual schemes being brought forward for construction and include a costed list of the associated projects in priority order. Scheme package applications should therefore not include scheme development proposals as these should be funded from within your core allocation, with bids for such activities being submitted via the core application forms.

43. Where they support the common case for change of a package or enhance the network, local authorities can include a Category 1 scheme, such as a route enhancement, or minor works improvement proposals (such as additional improved crossings, lighting installation and signing) as one of the schemes within the package. This will assist in releasing funding within the Core allocation to cover any additional scheme development costs.

44. The Welsh Government wants local authorities to take a holistic, place-based approach to the development of package schemes rather than, for example, simply combining a number of standalone schemes in each of their designated settlements or a number of individual locations. Welsh Government will review whether this approach has been successfully implemented when considering whether to continue with package applications in future years.

45. Main scheme packages could include schemes which share a common origin point or destination, for example a number of routes that connect to a single education facility, town centre or transport interchange. They could also include more complex area-wide interventions that are likely to require a greater emphasis on stakeholder engagement and involvement, such as the introduction of filtered permeability or area-wide traffic calming to reduce traffic speeds. This starts to address the need to enable whole end-to-end journeys, increases the visibility and reach of schemes and also enables deeper consultation and engagement in that locality than is otherwise achievable.

46. Depending on local prioritisation and application success, some designated localities may not see large scale new investment in the short term. However, the core allocation, which enables local authorities to make small scale continuous improvements as well as undertake pre-work for main schemes, is available to tackle issues in those areas in the interim.

47. Minor works packages could include proposals that are of a similar nature but which tackle network gaps and deficiencies across a settlement or local authority area, such as signage enhancements, barrier removal or replacement and the implementation of related facilities, such as cycle parking. Such smaller packages of schemes are well understood by local authorities and can be classified as Category 1 proposals and delivered through the Core Allocation funding or as part of a main scheme package as described in para 42.

Strategic fit: fit with grant objectives

48. Your applications must demonstrate how your proposals will contribute to meeting the Active Travel Fund grant objectives as set out below:

Grant name

Grant objectives

Active Travel Fund

  • Encourage modal shift from car to active travel in isolation or in combination with public transport
  • Improve active travel access to employment, education, key services and other key traffic generating destinations
  • Increase levels of active travel
  • Connect communities

49. Where active travel schemes support integration with other sustainable transport modes then they may be deemed suitable for identification as part of wider Metro programmes and may be considered for other funding routes.

Transport case: impact assessments

50. The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 requires public bodies to think more about the long-term, to work better with people, communities and each other, look to prevent problems and take a more joined-up approach.

51. The 2015 Act places a duty on public bodies to seek to achieve the well-being goals and objectives in everything they do.

52. Llwybr Newydd – A New Wales Transport Strategy (WTS) is our strategy for the future of transport in Wales. It sets out our ambitions for the next 20 years and our priorities for the next 5 years. This forms the basis of the grant objectives.

Llwybr Newydd A New Wales Transport Strategy 2021: full strategy (

53. In your application you must demonstrate concisely how your proposal contributes to the WTS ambitions and your authority’s local well-being objectives. The Impact Assessment section of the application form provides a specific opportunity for this.

Well-being of future generations act: the essentials | GOV.WALES

Infrastructure quality

54. To assist local authorities to develop schemes that are ambitious and ensure all projects receiving funding make the largest possible impact, the Active Travel Act Guidance has identified the following principles for user needs:

  • Develop ideas collaboratively and in partnership with communities
  • Facilitate independent walking, cycling and wheeling for everyone, accommodating the needs of an unaccompanied child of secondary school age, someone pushing a double-buggy, an adapted cycle, or a less-experienced cyclist
  • Design places that provide enjoyment, comfort and protection
  • Ensure access for all and equality of opportunity in public space
  • Ensure all proposals are developed in a way that is context-specific and evidence-led
  • Schemes should separate people walking, cycling and wheeling from motor vehicles or prioritise active travel using the following hierarchy:
    • Separation of pedestrians from cyclists and motor traffic through provision of segregated off-carriageway infrastructure; if necessary through reallocation of road space
    • Separation of pedestrians and cyclists from motor traffic through the provision of shared-use off-carriageway infrastructure;
    • Improve on-road conditions to encourage an increase in cycle use within existing highway, for example by reducing traffic volumes and speeds.

55. All schemes will be assessed against how well they achieve the above design principles with a particular emphasis on how well the schemes meet or exceed the minimum quality infrastructure standards, as determined by the audit tools within the Active Travel Act Guidance: Active Travel guidance | GOV.WALES.

Monitoring and evaluation

56. All schemes must capture baseline information prior to completion and be monitored and evaluated for a period of three years post-completion. The level of monitoring and evaluation should be proportionate to the scale of the project, however there is an expectation that this should include both quantitative and qualitative data collection, including the use of automatic counters or a suitable equivalent.

57. Local authorities are able to include the costs of monitoring for up to three years post-completion within their funding applications but these must be clearly identified.

58. Further guidance on the approach that local authorities are expected to take in respect of monitoring and evaluation, including a template for the development of a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, is included in Annex 5 of this guidance.

Consultation and engagement

59. Local authorities will be expected to involve relevant stakeholders in the development of their projects, including engaging with residents and communities affected by the scheme. The more opportunity people have to influence and shape walking and cycling schemes for their local area, the more likely they will be to use them.

60. For schemes that are in the early stages of development or where no engagement has currently been planned, a template stakeholder engagement plan is included at Annex 6 to assist local authorities.

61. Local authorities should keep a record of the engagement or consultation undertaken, including a summary of the process followed, the feedback obtained and how this has influenced the development or design of the scheme. This information should form the basis of the evidence to satisfy the collaboration and involvement requirements of the 5 Ways of Working in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.


62. Promotion is an integral part of scheme development and delivery and should be incorporated within project plans as the impact of the schemes can be significantly boosted.

63. Applications may include costs associated with the promotion of schemes for up to three years after scheme completion. These must be clearly identified and can include promotional initiatives such as the development and production of promotional materials (e.g. maps of local active travel networks of which the scheme will form a part), enhanced signage to raise awareness of the scheme, the planning and co-ordination of events (e.g. a launch event to celebrate completion of the scheme), cycle training and bicycle repair sessions to increase use of the scheme.

64. Any promotional material associated with schemes funded, whether partially or in full, through the Active Travel Fund should recognise the contribution of Welsh Government and Transport for Wales to the delivery of that scheme. All published material and signage must be in line with the Welsh Language Standards.

Deliverability: management case

65. Completion of an EqIA for new policies, procedures and activities is a legal duty placed on all local authorities in Wales through the Welsh Public Sector Equality Duties 2011. As a result, all projects should be subject to an Equality Impact Assessment in line with the approach adopted by your authority and any predicted negative equalities impacts should be mitigated.

Financial expenditure profile

66. Local authorities are required to submit a baseline expenditure profile as part of their application and will be responsible for ensuring that scheme expenditure remains on schedule. The expenditure profile should be realistic and align to the delivery programme for the project. Any change to the expenditure profile should be reported at the earliest opportunity.

67. Schemes that include match funding will attract additional scores in the appraisal process, with schemes that demonstrate greater levels of match funding scoring higher.

68. Applications must clearly identify the levels and sources of contributions available via match funding and confirm this will be in place to ensure the completion of the works within the proposed project timescales. Match funding may be from internal or external sources and may include professional fees associated with the delivery of the schemes, as well as funding from other sources such as capital funding provided directly by the local authority or secured via the planning process.

Active Travel Fund: core allocation

69. All local authorities will be allocated a share of the Active Travel Fund, as shown in Annex 1. The pro-rata allocation is based on a formula which relates to population size (50%) and the area covered by designated settlements (50%), with a minimum allocation for each local authority of £500,000.

70. This funding is available for the following purposes:

  • Scheme development/Pre-work (design, land negotiation and purchase, consultation & engagement, baseline monitoring, etc.) for schemes identified on approved or submitted ATNMs that have the highest active travel potential, usually those within designated localities;
  • Core activities to demonstrate continuous improvement, including minor works on existing / proposed routes, to bring routes up to design standards and monitoring and evaluation of existing schemes. Baseline monitoring of future projects should be included as part of scheme development/pre-works. Promotional activities that encourage use of the improved networks.

71. Transport for Wales is able to offer support and advice to aid and inform the development of schemes and the completion of applications by local authorities. Please contact

Scheme development

72. Local authorities can submit applications for scheme development and pre-works to advance main schemes ahead of future bids for construction. In keeping with the approach to main scheme applications, scheme development proposals should focus primarily on routes that have the highest active travel potential, usually those within designated localities.

73. Where scheme development projects are entering a follow-on year in 2023-24, an application will be required to update the information provided previously. Please provide Transport for Wales officials with the names of any continuation schemes as soon as possible as they can assist this process with the pre-population of the online portal. This should highlight changes to scheme design, timeframes and the amount of grant required. Should the application vary considerably from that previously submitted, this will be appraised as if it was a new scheme and will not automatically attract funding.

74. Local authorities are strongly encouraged to bring forward proposals for scheme development or pre-works funding that closely align with the grant objectives, and in particular should focus on schemes likely to encourage modal shift. The provision of any evidence available to clarify how the schemes have been prioritised for submission will assist in demonstrating the rationale for the proposals.

75. Local authorities are only required to submit bids for scheme development proposals on the core allocation application form. To accurately capture the stage of development of a scheme at the time of submission, local authorities are required to complete the stage gate checklist as part of the application and should upload relevant evidence.

76. Even in the early stages of development the Case for Change should be well understood and you should be able to identify a clear scheme objective to guide future development of the proposals through the WelTAG process and enable appropriate monitoring and evaluation.

77. For development proposals, it should be noted that being a route on the ATNM is not a guarantee that the scheme will be funded for delivery in future and it must be demonstrated that a strong case for change, particularly in relation to encouraging modal shift, exists at the time of application.

Core activities

78. Due to their relative simplicity, core allocation projects, including minor works schemes or packages of minor works schemes, will require submission of less information via the core allocation application form. These will generally be Category 1, or in appropriate circumstances Category 2, schemes. These core allocation submissions are in addition to your up to four main schemes.

79. Core activity bids can include proposals that include works on and linked to routes identified on your ATNMs. Relevant minor works activities that are located within your designated localities but not specifically identified on your ATNM will also be considered.

80. Core activities can be packaged together where it is logical to do so. Circumstances where this may be appropriate include where an application is being made for a single activity (e.g. cycle parking) across a local authority area, or where an application is being made for a combination of several types of activity within a defined and specific geographical area (e.g. barrier removal, lighting, junction improvements and cycle parking within a single designated locality).

81. Minor works improvements can include a broad range of measures, such as:

  • upgrading of routes, including:
    • dropped kerbs and tactile paving
    • widening and surface enhancements
    • junction improvements
    • installation of lighting
    • new or upgraded crossings
    • installation of build-outs
    • modal filters/filtered permeability
    • signage improvements
  • barrier and clutter removal
  • cycle parking (particularly secure parking for accessible and cargo-bikes).
  • seating
  • installation of cycle counters/monitoring equipment
  • cycle repair and e-bikes charging stations
  • cycle hire proposals
  • school street measures
  • enrichment of active travel schemes through the implementation of artwork and space for play
  • biodiversity enhancements on existing or new routes
  • appropriate improvements identified during ATNM engagement, such as via Commonplace or similar
  • further ATNM development (including additional work to support ongoing ATNM development such as auditing, prioritisation or publication)
  • promotion: 
    • this can include the costs associated with promotional activities linked to funded projects such as the development and production of promotional materials (e.g. maps of local active travel networks of which a scheme will form a part), enhanced signage to raise awareness of the scheme, the planning and co-ordination of events (e.g. a launch event to celebrate and announce completion of the scheme) and cycle training and bicycle repair sessions to increase use of the scheme
    • any promotional material associated with schemes funded, whether partially or in full, through the Active Travel Fund should recognise the contribution of Welsh Government and Transport for Wales to the delivery of that scheme. All material should be published in line with the Welsh Language Standards
  • other (provide details of the proposed activity which should align to the grant programme objectives)

82. Local authorities are able to adjust cost estimates for elements within the overall core allocation envelope in-year, subject to approval. Local authorities are able to remove or add core allocation schemes in year, subject to approval.

Grant conditions

83. Other than in exceptional circumstances by prior agreement, schemes submitted for works funding in 2023-24 should demonstrate that all land issues have been, or will be, resolved and orders or required permissions are in place to allow works to progress. 

84. Whilst Welsh Government is prepared to fund the cost of land purchase, funding will not be provided in respect of compensation claims arising from the land purchase or from the project itself. 

85. The provision of capital support to schemes is conditional upon local authorities’ commitment to meet future revenue and maintenance costs.

Annex 1: 2023 to 2024 local authority core allocations

Local authority

Core allocation amount

Blaenau Gwent




















Isle of Anglesey


Merthyr Tydfil




Neath Port Talbot








Rhondda Cynon Taf




The Vale of Glamorgan








Annex 2: main scheme assessment criteria

Strategic fit: case for change


Scheme has a clearly defined SMART objective(s)


Project outcomes make a positive contribution to achieving the aims of other programmes/strategies e.g. green infrastructure, decarbonisation, air quality, play sufficiency


The project is able to provide strong evidence of development in partnership with other agencies/programmes e.g. Local Health Board, large employer or education facility


The project links to supporting measures including non-infrastructure e.g. training/behaviour change


Clear evidence has been provided regarding how the scheme was appraised against other options


Total (out of 5)


Strategic fit: fit with grant objectives

The project will improve active travel access to public transport interchanges to encourage modal shift for longer distance car journeys


The project connects local employment, education, key services and other major trip generators and attractors with potential for modal shift


Project provides clear evidence in support of potential to increase levels of active travel


The project seeks to reduce severance within and between communities by overcoming existing physical or social barriers that stop people walking, cycling, or wheeling


The project provides good evidence in support of all of the grant objectives


Total (out of 5)


Transport case: impact assessment

Project provides clear links to support relevant local well-being objectives


Does the scheme improve access for communities ranked in the bottom 15% of the WIMD in overall terms or access to services, or with an identified social need?


Does the scheme seek to protect or enhance ecology, biodiversity and green infrastructure?


The project provides clear evidence of seeking to minimise its own negative impacts


Will the scheme promote or provide a positive cultural impact (including Welsh and other languages, artwork, cultural diversity e.g. BAME communities)?


Total (out of 5)


Infrastructure quality (scores for the audit criteria elements are cumulative)

Proposal is part of a key strategic route that narrowly fails to meet the minimum audit requirements and cannot be improved (60%-69%)


Proposed route audit score meets minimum WG Design Guidance audit requirements (70%-79%)


Proposed route audit score meets desirable WG Design Guidance audit requirements (80%-89%)


Proposed route audit score far exceeds WG Design Guidance audit requirements (90%+)


Scheme designs (outline or design) submitted as part of application


Proposed scheme includes separation of pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles


Is the proposed scheme direct and continuous, including provision of crossings on desire lines?


Proposed scheme complies with Active Travel Act Guidance recommendations on width/gradient throughout


Proposed scheme prioritises active travel and minimises delay (e.g. at junctions, crossings or barriers)


Proposed scheme enables use by all users promoting access and inclusion


Total (out of 10)


Monitoring and evaluation

A monitoring and evaluation plan has been prepared


Monitoring and evaluation plan is aligned to scheme/ATF objectives


Baseline monitoring has been undertaken


Monitoring plan includes both qualitative and quantitative data collection


Monitoring and evaluation plan includes assessment of wider scheme impacts and benefits


Total (out of 5)


Community and engagement

A stakeholder plan has been prepared


Scheme specific stakeholder engagement has taken place


Evidence of engagement with groups with protected characteristics/children and young people


Proposal links to behaviour change activities


Promotional activities are included as part of the project


Total (out of 5)



Programme realistic and in line within expenditure profile


Has a Regulatory Impact Assessment including an EQIA has been completed for the scheme


Project specific risks (including permissions) and mitigation measures have been identified


All major project risks (e.g. land ownership, consents and permissions) have been mitigated


Tender documents have been prepared and the procurement process is ready to begin or has been completed


Total (out of 5)


Match-funding (scores for this section are cumulative)

1% - 10% match-funding available


11% - 20% match-funding available


21% - 30% match-funding available


31% - 40% match-funding available


More than 40% match-funding available


Total (out of 5)


Annex 3: core allocation assessment criteria

Core allocation proposals should align to the criteria set out below and should meet at least three of the four criteria. Where core allocation proposals are not related to one of the activities on the pre-defined list they should be aligned to the overall grant objectives. 

All core allocation proposals should be realistic and deliverable within a single financial year.

Core allocation criteria

Tick all that apply

Does the scheme relate to one of the pre-defined core activities or in keeping with the grant objectives?


Is the scheme identified on, or directly linked to, proposals on the Council’s ATNM or within a designated locality?


Is the cost of the proposal appropriate to its scale and within the indicative threshold identified for Category 1 (<£250k) or Category 2 (£250k - £500k) schemes?


Is the scheme realistic and deliverable?


Does your scheme relate to one of the following pre-defined activities:


Dropped kerbs and tactile paving


Widening and surface enhancements


Junction improvements.


Installation of lighting


New or upgraded crossings


Installation of build-outs


Modal filters/filtered permeability


Signage improvements


Barrier & clutter removal.


Cycle parking (particularly secure parking for accessible and cargo-bikes).




Installation of cycle counters/monitoring equipment.


Cycle repair and e-bikes charging stations.


Cycle hire proposals.


School street measures


Enrichment of active travel schemes through the implementation of artwork and space for play


Biodiversity enhancements on existing or new routes.


Appropriate improvements identified during ATNM engagement such as via Commonplace or similar.


Further ATNM development (including additional work to support ongoing ATNM development such as auditing, prioritisation or publication)






Annex 4: project stages

WelTAG Stage

Stage 1: Strategic Outline Case

Stage 2: Outline Business Case

Stage 3: Full Business Case

Stage 4: Implementation

Stage 5: Post Implementation


Stage A: Strategic definition, project scope and outcomes

Stage B: Options development and Selection

Stage C: Preliminary design of single option


Stage D: Statutory process


Stage E: Detailed design of single option


Stage F: Construction and handover


Stage G: Closeout


Stage Aim

  • Strategic vision - define overall vision and strategic aims. Understand the issues, develop scope of the project and identify intended outcomes.
  • Assess short-list of options (including assessment of each option to select preferred option to meet identified outcomes).
  • Risks and key evidence gathered inform selection of preferred option.

Preliminary design of single option prepared.


To include public engagement.

  • This is a parallel process and should be undertaken alongside the development of previous stages of the scheme.
  • Detailed design and appraisal work used to refine the design of the preferred option identify final price and set of deliverables.
  • Decision to proceed or not based on updated business case.
  • Construction is complete and end of works can be finalised.
  • Project in use and to be maintained.

Basic Requirements

  • Case for change
  • Shortlist of schemes identified that meet scheme objectives and will deliver intended outcomes
  • Options appraisals to identify short-list of projects
  • Key risks identified
  • High-level cost estimates
  • Stakeholder engagement plan
  • Monitoring and evaluation plan
  • Draft procurement strategy
  • Assessment of shortlisted options against scheme objectives
  • Preferred option meets minimum audit tool requirements
  • Evidence of public engagement in line with engagement plan to refine scope
  • EQIA completed
  • Updated procurement strategy
  • High-level risk register
  • Permissions/consent requirements identified
  • Additional surveys identified
  • Preferred option preliminary design meets minimum quality criteria
  • Public engagement to confirm concept design (including input from groups/representatives with protected characteristics);
  • Stage 2 RSA undertaken
  • Updated monitoring and evaluation plan
  • Updated business case (costs etc.)
  • Updated risk register
  • Confirmation of necessary permissions being secured
  • Detailed designs meet agreed quality criteria
  • Tender documents inc. BoQ prepared
  • Procurement strategy confirmed
  • Updated risk register
  • Updated business case acceptable & funding available
  • Monitoring and evaluation plan updated.
  • Ongoing dialogue and progress reports provided to capture any variance from intended outputs.
  • Outturn business case
  • Evidence of project outputs
  • Did project meet expected outcomes/outputs: Y/N
  • Lessons learned report

Annex 5: monitoring and evaluation plan

Monitoring and evaluation of active travel routes and schemes is essential to help understand their impact and provide an evidence base for future investment. A monitoring and evaluation plan should be developed for all new active travel routes and schemes. For full guidance, including details of the recommended minimum levels of monitoring and evaluation for project development, please refer to Chapter 16 of the Active Travel Act Guidance.

The template below provides an example guide and should be adapted to individual scheme aims.

What does the project aim to deliver?

What is the change you expect to see?

How do you plane to measure this change?









Enhanced accessibility

Infrastructure improvements, barrier removal

Number of dropped kerbs delivered, barriers removed

Improved accessibility for users on network

Improved access for users

Number of accessibility upgrades delivered

Construction log, EQIA

Captured continuously, reported quarterly





Increased access for all users, particularly disabled users

Positive feedback from disabled users about changes

User survey, perception survey or community survey

E.g. Captured before and after

Annex 6: stakeholder engagement plan

Stakeholder Engagement Plan

Evidence of engagement

Key Interest and Issues

Method of Engagement

Engagement Frequency

Planned Date of Event

Event Held (Y/N)

Impact of Engagement


Impact on local residents

Email, telephone, briefings

Updates at key milestones





Annex 7: application requirements

Annex 8: scheme plan example