M6toll announces new toll prices and begins trial of new Hopper product for local users, as M6toll sees continued strong growth

Midland Expressway Limited (MEL), operator of the M6toll, has today, Friday 29 June, announced new toll prices for vehicles using the road, to come into effect from 06.00 on Monday 30 July.

It has also announced a new trial to cap prices for local car drivers and measures to support local businesses, as part of its commitment to further increase the benefits the M6toll delivers across the West Midlands. 

2017 saw continued strong growth in drivers using the M6toll, with over 50,000 using the road each day on average, a total of 18.3 million across the year – an increase of 4.7%. 

Andy Cliffe, Chief Executive of MEL, said: “Over 18 million journeys were made on the M6toll last year, moving a huge volume of traffic off the congested M6 and surrounding A roads. To continue that shift onto the M6toll, I am pleased to announce our new trial of a capped fee for unlimited eligible journeys for local drivers.”

“We are committed to encouraging more vans and HGVs off the M6 and onto the M6toll and our price rises for commercial vehicles have been carefully set to ensure that we continue the significant growth in HGV traffic on the M6toll that we saw in 2017.”

New toll prices

From 06.00 on Monday 30 July, prices will rise for cars by between 30p and 50p per journey, for light goods vehicles by 10-30p and for heavy goods vehicles by 20p-50p, depending on the journey made. 

Prices will be frozen for night time journeys for all light and heavy goods vehicles to support operators during the on-going roadworks on the M6.

 

 

Trial price cap for local users

As part of its on-going commitment to local drivers, MEL is launching a trial of an innovative new Hopper product. The four-month trial will aim to see at least 100 local users offered a new weekly maximum price of £20 for unlimited eligible journeys. A driver using the M6toll for return journeys five days a week would save between £25 and £30 as a result, more than halving their weekly cost.

Whilst the M6toll was originally built to take long-distance through-traffic off the congested M6, MEL is committed to continue to increase local use and benefit local roads. The new Hopper product aims to particularly reduce congestion along the A5, A38 and A446 including pinch points such as Muckley Corner and the Wall Island.

Support for local businesses

Supporting economic growth across the West Midlands remains a priority for MEL, and as a result:

  • these price rises will be the first for goods vehicles since 2012, and are substantially below the rate of inflation over that period
  • to support the region’s small and medium-sized enterprises, price increases will be kept lower for vans and small trucks
  • prices will be frozen for night time journeys for all light and heavy goods vehicles to support operators during the on-going roadworks on the M6.

The past year has seen particularly strong growth in HGVs moving from the M6 onto the M6toll, with 17% growth in HGV usage in 2017, compared to a fall of 1.2% nationally.

 

 

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