Motorists Are Bypassing The Midlands M6 Toll Road

Road users who have been averse to the privatising of several of the UK’s major roads think about the recent pay-as-you-go road developed around the M6.

The pay-as-you-go road in the Midlands was built in 2003. Around less than 50% the number of cars that it was created for use it. When the road first opened it cost motorists £2 to use that particular road. The latest rise occurred in January and currently is £5.50 for cars and £11 for lorries.

There have been 9 price rises in 8 years. Nearby small businesses say that it is actually deterring people from utilising the 26 mile section of motorway. The private motorway company say that the low amount of cars and lorries is totally because of the economic issues and believe numbers will increase as soon as the economy increases.

It had been planned that 70,000 vehicles each day were going to use the road. At its peek at about mid 2000′s about 51,000 made use of the road. The figure had reduced back to approximately 41,000 in 2010 and 43,000 in 2011.

The toll road is managed by Midland Expressway Limited who run, repair, and developed the section of motorway. The firms long term contract runs until 2053. After that period the section of road is going to be transferred over to government management.

A recent survey among local firms in the region area demonstrated that, of 97 firms asked, 76 percent declined to make use of the road as a result of significant price.

For a great number of people they regarded that this toll road could not offer a good economical choice to using the very crowded M6. The pay-as-you-go road seems not to have worked for car and lorry drivers and the local people and there is not any reason to imagine it could operate anywhere else. On the other hand there are many who believe the toll road does signify great economic value.
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