Community Overview

Since the toll road opened in 2003, Midland Expressway Ltd (MEL) has had a long-standing commitment to the local community's welfare; operating the Drive for Charity Initiative, whereby a whole day's net toll revenue is donated to charity. Between 2003-2011 MEL has donated over £600,000 to local charities namely, Marie Curie Cancer Care, the NSPCC and the Staffordshire & Warwickshire Wildlife Trusts, RNIB (Royal National Institution for Blind People, Leonard Cheshire Disability and The M6toll Hospice Partnership (a joint venture involving the 4 hospices which are situated along the M6toll corridor), Midlands Air Ambulance and local schools and youth focused sporting associations.


The M6toll, in partnership with the Ride to the Wall, provided free passage to all participating riders for their inbound journey during this years' event.  It has been estimated that around 3,500 motorcycles took part on Saturday 1st October setting off from seven different starting points and assembling all together at the National Memorial Arboritum in Staffordshire. The annual event raises considerable funds for the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA), part of The Royal British Legion family of charities, which provides a permanent home to the Armed Forces Memorial. 

RTTW 2012

The M6toll continues to have a substantially positive impact on the local economy and is committed to responsibly investing in the community in which it operates, having positively impacted on the surrounding region with increased investment in logistics spurring the creation of thousands of jobs, and supporting above average land/commercial property price growth.

As a company, Midland Expressway Limited continue to seek to revive tourism and regeneration in the region; Tom Fanning (CEO) was a founding member of the Stoke and Staffordshire LEP and chaired both the Southern Staffordshire Partnership and URC Regenco Sandwell.