M6 toll a failure?



Used it once when traversing the area N-S while they were rebuilding the M5/M6 junction. Nice bit of (under-utilised) Tarmac.
Used it a couple of times for business so get the tolls back, excellent short cut from my part of the country to the north bound M6
"The operators of the M6 toll have revealed that 2012 was the motorway's quietest ever year."

It doesn't really do what it was intended to.

Why is that? Too expensive? Too much of a detour? Just not popular?

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Hardly surprising given that motorists are already bled dry with tax, fuel and insurance. Anyone watching the pennies is hardly going to shell out an extra:


Even if it saves £10 a trip on petrol (random figure) people very rarely look at it that way, instead they see it as an extra £5.50 of their hard earned getting tossed away.
It`s a few years since I was up that way but it always struck me as expensive for the few miles it covered. Compare it to the French motorways and the M6 toll looks like a total rip off.


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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.


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and they want to make the lot toll roads because they stole all the road fund money to pay housing benefit to rip off landlords


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 a fair bit. Anything to avoid driving along that mobile part of Punjab the M5/6 runs through.
I used to use it when the toll was £3..

Not now..
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.


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Has anyone noticed that the signs before the M6 Toll Road always state that the Non-Toll M6 is heavily congested, even at O-silly-hundred-hours? And I've only ever been held up once on that stretch.
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.
So how long is it? At £5.50 a go it would have to be pretty significant (why do I doubt that?)

How about making it a'la the Autobahn - speed limit free? Think you might get some more custom then?


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the only bad section is the m5-m6 elevated section which thuds on for miles past ikea the rest is okay


When I lived up north I always used to use it (it was much cheaper back then) as it meant I missed some of the busier junctions on the M6 and as a result I got home quicker.

Would I use it now? Probably not, the extra time saved isn't worth the money and when driving long distances I give myself time to spare so I don't care about sitting in traffic for a bit.

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