The M6 Toll Road has seen a drop in traffic numbers of over 13% in the last year.
The road was the first toll motorway in the UK and is operated by Midlands Expressway, a private company that spent a huge wedge of taxpayers money along with another huge wedge of private money on building and operating a length of toll motorway that runs pretty much parallel to the existing, free of charge M6.
I’ve never used the M6 Toll myself. I refuse to pay to use a road that I’ve already paid to use and the traffic on the M6 is bad but not bad enough to make me want to pay £4.50 to travel a few miles down the road.
The M6 Toll company actually operates the information signs that tell you when the M6 is congested. I’ve only seen the M6 congested once as badly as the M6 Toll sign said that it was.
The National Alliance Against Tolls has called on the Highway Agency to take over the road but that won’t change anything – most people just won’t pay to use roads unless they have to.
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