The M6 Toll moves long-distance traffic off the heavily congested M6 through Birmingham. It currently sees over 50,000 customers every day. That's 18.2 million users a year! At peak times, up to 55% of trucks using the M6 use the M6 toll, traffic which would otherwise be using local routes such as the A5, A38 and A446.
UK - Midland Expressway Limited (MEL), operator of the M6 toll, has announced new toll prices which includes an additional off-peak rate, coming into effect from midnight this Friday (12th July). A series of product trials have led to this pricing structure to introduce a wider range of options for frequent users.
The change has been criticised by the Road Haulage Association (RHA), which said in a statement;
"Any increase in toll charges is unwelcome for the hard-pressed heavy haulage trade struggling with clean air zone charging and tight profit margins. Many operators have been put off using the M6 toll for this very reason and it's hard to see how the increase will encourage more to use it."
The updated toll prices include a new off-peak rate for drivers using the road on weekdays between 5am - 7am and 7pm - 11pm. MEL have said this is designed to keep prices attractive for all road users and also helps to fund further ongoing investment in the M6 toll. Typically, HGVs will pay 10p less during off-peak hours while van users will pay 20p less.
MEL has insisted that it has seen a strong boost in local use and this forms part of their ongoing commitment to supporting the regional economy, easing local congestion and saving travel time for their customers. Three new pricing options are being launched after an extensive trial that proved a success over the last 12 months. Hopper, Shuttle and Return Pass offer discounts to drivers who regularly use the road.
Andy Cliffe, Chief Executive at MEL has commented;
"We're committed to making our route stress-free and reliable for all, that's why we've put our customer feedback at the heart of our new off-peak price bands and our recent product trials to cap prices and offer attractive savings to local and/or frequent users, ensuring we maximise the positive impact of the M6 toll across the Midlands and beyond."