November 2004

Midland Expressway Limited (MEL) today advised that average daily traffic on the M6toll for November was 47,057.

Tom Fanning, Managing Director of MEL, said: "As we approach the first anniversary of the opening of the M6toll average daily traffic during work days in November was 50,311. This represents strong performance and underlines the M6toll's popularity with daily commuters who choose to use the motorway as an alternative to the M6.

"As anticipated, seasonal factors have had an impact, with weekend journeys most affected, but this is a reflection of traffic patterns generally at this late time in the year as drivers face deteriorating weather and shorter daylight hours."

Mr Fanning said the past month had seen another increase in the number of road users opening tag accounts, the M6toll's electronic payment system which enables drivers to pass through toll stations without stopping.

Use of the road by lorries had also continued to climb steadily, as more hauliers took advantage of the trial discount rate of £5.11 + VAT (daytime rate) for heavy goods vehicles.

Category Jun 04 Jul 04 Aug 04 Sep 04 Oct 04 Nov 04
Workdays 50,414 58,340 56,855 53,604 52,887 50,311
Public Hols
41,311 47,896 52,225 47,745 44,686 38,106
All Days 47,986 55,308 55,362 52,041 50,242 47,047

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