I think they hacked my satnav to try and get me on it. as usual they lose traffic so put the prices up. it was never going to work. you don't save any fuel and there are plenty of alternatives. if anything its a ball ache trying to work out how not to end up on it as the junctions are slyly planned
a bit like the humber bridge, everyone got so used to driving round to avoid the ferry queue when it did get built nobody bothered as faster roads had been built to link the rest of the country to lincs - result numbers go down and tolls go up.
The times I am driving that way I use the free bit of M6 and when I do there seem to be a lot of unnecessary 50MPH restrictions on the run.
I sometimes suspect this is done on purpose to try and push people into using the toll option to boost revenue and so making it look like a good idea for private companies to get involved in these schemes.
Both times I've been up the M6 (and back) in the last couple of years I've used it. Never intended to, but when that fork in the road approached I just had a "why not" moment. They even take credit cards, so at the time I didn't feel out of pocket.
But there-and-back - was it worth £10 just to have a nice bit of road to myself? On one occasion, where there was chaos on the traditional M6 stretch, so perhaps.
But people aren't gonna fork out a fiver each way unless there's been an accident on the other bit, or the traffic is really heavy. After all - there's no guarantee there won't be an accident on the toll road and traffic backed up for miles. Would you then get a refund?
I think they should do away with roadfund tax and toll every major road. They can install ANPR cameras just about everywhere now - it surely couldn't take too much to add them all up and send you a bill at the end of the year?
I've used it twice since it opened & only use the Toll when I travel North during the day but it was noticeably quiet, increased Tariffs won't help either especially as motorists will only make essential journeys where additional costs are incurred?
Stop ripping off the motorists & traffic will increase and the whole system will benefit, hardly a difficult model to resolve.
Well I think that sends a message to all govts on future toll plans, its quite simply another cash cow. Its a pity that they don't use more tax revenues from motorists to improve existing mways and build a few more, but thats in an ideal world.