The M6 Toll Road :: Shared Description

The M6 Toll Road is a 27-mile private-sector expressway to the north of Birmingham. The M6 is the key artery through the West Midlands, but it suffers from chronic congestion as part of Britain’s longest and most important motorway. The Birmingham Northern Relief Road, as the M6 Toll was originally known, was built to siphon off the through traffic between the South-east and the North-West.

Site clearance started in 2000, construction of the road began in 2002 and it opened in December 2003 (LinkExternal link M6 Toll History). When planned, it was forecast that 72000 vehicles would use the link, but just half that number of motorists take the route today (2013 - LinkExternal link Overpriced and underused – The Independent) whilst in contrast, the M6 itself is still carrying in excess of 125,000 vehicles a day with many claiming that the toll route’s benefits do not warrant the charges (2013 rates: currently £5.50 for private cars and £11 for trucks, with modest discounts for weekend and overnight use - see SP2685 : M6 Toll Tariff, Chapel Green) and that when traffic is flowing reasonably freely on the original M6, there is no incentive to use the toll route which is marginally longer than the free motorway, with time also lost for stopping to pay at the toll booth.

The toll motorway is operated by Midland Expressway Ltd, which has the concession until 2054 – when the road is due to be handed back to the government.
by David Dixon
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SP1795 : To The North West by David Dixon
SP1597 : M6 Toll Road, Langley Mill Farm Bridge by David Dixon
SP1695 : M6 Toll Road, Southbound by David Dixon
SJ9607 : M6 Toll Road, Middle Hill by David Dixon
SP1794 : Footbridge at Junction T2, Southbound M6 Toll Road by David Dixon
SP2087 : M6 Toll Road, Stonebridge Road Bridge by David Dixon
SK1105 : M6 Toll Road Near Shenstone by David Dixon
SP1890 : M42/M6 Toll, Coleshill Interchange by David Dixon
SK0307 : M6 Toll Road, Brownhills by David Dixon
SK0606 : A5 Crossing the M6 Toll Road by David Dixon
SP1891 : M6Toll/M42 Interchange at Water Orton by David Dixon
SP1894 : M6 Toll Road (Southbound) by David Dixon
SK1301 : M6 Toll Road, Weeford Park by David Dixon
SP1498 : M6 Toll Road by David Dixon
SK0806 : M6 Toll Road by David Dixon
SK1302 : Southbound M6 Toll Road, Weeford Park by David Dixon
SP1893 : M6 Toll crossing canal near Curdworth, Warwickshire by Roger  Kidd
SP1696 : M6 Toll Road, Southbound by David Dixon
SK1301 : M6 Toll Road (Northbound) by David Dixon
SP1795 : M6 Toll Road near The Belfry by David Dixon
SP1891 : M6 Toll/M42 Interchange by David Dixon
SK0805 : M6 Toll Road, Cranebrooke Lane Bridge by David Dixon
SK0705 : M6 Toll Road, Walsall Road Bridge by David Dixon
SK1302 : Toll Booth on M6 Toll Road by David Dixon
SK1302 : M6 Toll Plaza, Weeford Park by David Dixon

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Created: Wed, 25 Sep 2013, Updated: Fri, 27 Sep 2013

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