M6 Toll too expensive for everyday use, says FTA

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The M6 Toll is celebrating its tenth anniversary – but it’s not a realistic option for day-to-day freight operators to use, according to the Freight Transport Association.
It said that from day one the toll operator set the level of charges too high for goods vehicle operators.
Having cost some £900 million to build, the route runs 27 miles between Cannock and Coleshill, and charges HGVs £11 to use.
The FTA believes that M6 Toll has simply provided an emergency option to by-pass the M6 motorway during heavy congestion, during the past ten years, but not an everyday option.
“It only becomes viable to use when urgent loads need to be moved through the area,” said head of road network management policy at FTA, Malcolm Bingham.
“However, with the increased volume of traffic ten years on the M6 Toll road is a useful alternative at peak traffic times, and it is difficult to visualise today what the impact would be to the volume on the road without it.”

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