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M6 toll traffic increases but road’s use remains well below capacity

  • 10 December 2013
  • By Ashleigh Wight

M6 toll operator Midland Expressway has revealed around 4,000 more goods vehicle journeys per week since June this year,but the Freight Transport Association (FTA) says the road is still being under utilised.

On average nearly 45,000 vehicles, including cars, used the Cannock to Coleshill relief road every day between June and September. This is a 13% increase on the same period in 2012.

The FTA, however, says the 75,000 capacity road is not a realistic option for day-to-day use.

Head of road network management policy Malcolm Bingham the road was intended to provide an option for hauliers to bypass the congested M6 in emergencies.

“However, from when it was first opened the toll operator set the level of charges way too high for goods vehicle operators and only becomes viable to use when urgent loads need to be moved through the area,” he said.

The latest figures include the increase in commercial vehicle traffic in July, when 400 Road Haulage Association members signed up to the month of free use organised by the association.

A spokeswoman for Midland Expressway said the increase comes as a result of the trial, as well as economic upturn.

The M6 toll currently stands at £11 per journey for LGVs and vans.

Midland Expressway made a loss of more than £41m in 2012.

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/m6-toll-up