July 2004

Tom Fanning, Managing Director of Midland Expressway Limited (MEL) said: "Traffic for the M6toll has maintained its upward trend, with the average daily figure for July 2004 reaching 55,308."

"This is a 15 per cent increase on the previous month, and is some 80 per cent ahead of January, which was our first full month."

"The month also saw records broken for a single day's traffic. There was a peak of 70,478 on Friday 16 July, a record that was broken just seven days later, with Friday 23 July recording 71,761 vehicles."

MEL anticipates that roadworks on the M6 had some impact on the daily figures, with drivers choosing the M6toll as a free flowing alternative, however, it is not possible to say how much was due to the M6 resurfacing work and how much was natural growth.

The announcement of a £5.11 (£6 including VAT) toll for heavy goods vehicles (effective from 23 July to 31 December) came late in the month and it is hoped that heavy goods vehicles will choose to take advantage of the discount period offered by the M6toll.

Mr Fanning said MEL would reach the milestone of its 10 millionth customer during early August, marking the end of introductory discounts. A new pricing structure comes into force from 16 August, including a £3 toll for cars exiting via the two main toll plazas. 

Category Jan 04 Feb 04 Mar 04 Apr 04 May 04 Jun 04 Jul 04
Workdays 32,763 40,304 41,880 47,247 46,924 50,414 58,340
Public Hols
26,249 30,648 33,120 39,575 36,436 41,311 47,896
All Days 30,662 37,308 39,620 44,689 42,862 47,986 55,308