Our origins go back to 1980, when the UK government first looked at easing congestion in the Midlands. The M6 had been built to carry up to 72,000 vehicles a day, and would struggle to keep up with growth in the region and the number of business and leisure trips heading North and South each day.
An early suggestion was to widen the current M6 but part of the M6 is built on a viaduct so this wasn’t realistic.
The decision was taken in 1991 to build a new privately funded motorway. In addition to alleiviating congestion on the M6, the route would also follow existing roads: the A5, A38 and A446, so they too would benefit.
Midland Expressway Ltd were awarded the concession to build and manage the M6toll, investing £1bn of private funding.
Today we employ 150 people dedicated to running our road safely, smoothly and keeping it in peak condition for a stress free drive.
customers per day
We’re proud to have donated over
to local charities, schools and community projects
ecological and balancing ponds, capturing water run off along the road
Proud to work with regional and national organisations to keep the Midlands moving