M6toll Wins Best Business Award

Less than a year after Britain's first privately-funded motorway opened to relieve the congested M6 and offer motorists a free flowing alternative, it has been named Best Business 2004.

Tom Fanning, managing director of Midland Expressway Limited (MEL) was presented with the trophy at an awards ceremony and dinner attended by 200 guests at The Belfry, North Warwickshire.

He said : "I am delighted that our contribution to the local community has been recognised in this way. It is also a tribute to the hard work of the team behind the road and I'm very proud of all the staff at MEL who have helped to achieve this award"

"Since the M6toll opened on 9 December 2003 it has quickly established itself as a strategic route of choice".

"It has not only played an important role in keeping the region and the nation moving, it has provided businesses with improved communications and reliable journey times and acted as a catalyst for economic growth."

Latest monthly traffic figures show the M6toll averages more than 50,000 vehicles a day.

The road has had a major, positive impact on Staffordshire and the West Midlands, opening up opportunities along the route, attracting investors and creating jobs at business parks and distribution centres.

The operations centre for the 27-mile motorway and MEL's headquarters are at Weeford near Lichfield, Staffordshire.

Many of the company's 150-strong workforce come from the Lichfield and Tamworth areas.

The community's business awards scheme is organised by Midland Weekly Media in partnership with Business Link Staffordshire. Leading figures from the business community attended the evening which recognised best business practice in a range of categories.