M6toll has ‘grit’ expectations for keeping motorists moving this winter
28th November 2019
M6toll is set to flex its six-pack this winter – with a new fleet of gritters armed with almost 5000 tonnes of salt to tackle the worst the weather can bring.
As the UK’s only privately funded motorway (operated by Midland Expressway Ltd) the route is a main artery within the UK’s strategic road network and is deploying a huge amount of resources this winter, determined to help keep the Midlands moving in all weathers.
Of the 150-strong workers based at the HQ near Lichfield, a team of 34 are dedicated to the maintenance and smooth running of the road, working around the clock seven days a week to ensure it’s one of the best kept and best supported roads in the UK.
The team started preparations several months ago to ready itself for any upcoming big freeze to keep the M6toll clear and accessible during the coldest months of the year.
Further preparations for coping with the UK’s ever-changing climate include three regular weather forecasts each day. The M6toll also has its own CCTV control centre and safety patrol vehicles that quickly come to the rescue of any broken-down vehicles, with an average response time of just 13 minutes.
James Hodson, Director of Motorway Operations at Midland Expressway Limited, said: “With the preparations and dedicated resources we have in place, we’re doing everything we can to be ready for whatever the weather brings this winter.
“Our salt stores and the capability of our fleet is critical to keeping all 27 miles of the road clear and free-flowing.”
“With the scale of operation and the dedicated teams we have in place, drivers can rest assured that the M6toll will remain one of the safest and most reliable routes this winter, especially over the all-important festive period.”
In addition to gearing up for winter, the M6toll have also been helping local commuters. Hopper, Shuttle and ReturnPass all offer attractive savings to drivers who regularly use the road, with no minimum sign-up period.
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