Midland Expressway Limited (MEL), operator of the M6toll, has today (Wednesday 12th June) announced new toll prices including an additional off-peak rate, which will come into effect from 00:00hrs on Friday 12th July. Potentially adding 100’s if not 1,000’s to a company’s annual transport budget depending on the number of vehicles using the M6toll and at what time.
The new toll prices announced today include a new off-peak rate for drivers using the road on weekdays between 5am – 7am and 7pm – 11pm. They are designed to keep prices attractive for all road users and will enable on-going investment in the M6toll including further development of innovative products to suit the specific needs of drivers.
Andy Cliffe, chief executive at MEL, said: “The M6toll has been alleviating huge volumes of traffic from the M6 and its surrounding roads for more than 15 years, providing a safer and more reliable route around the Midlands. The M6toll is significantly faster than alternative routes, making planning more accurate for businesses and boosting overall efficiency.
“Since 2014 we’ve seen a 14% increase in trucks using our road – our prices and the structured deals we offer based on travel frequency have been carefully designed to ensure that the road remains attractive to HGV businesses of all sizes, and that they continue to feel the operational value of using the road.
“A recent industry study* of HGVs shows that the M6toll saves significant time and offers better fuel economy due to free-flowing traffic. It is a safer road for travel than the M6 owing to a much lower accident rate, and HGV users also benefit from reduced fuel costs and emissions.
“We remain committed to increasing the volume of HGV traffic using the road by ensuring that our incentives for new HGV customers and our bespoke pricing deals for commercial operators are attractive and innovative, so we can continue to maximise the positive impact of the M6toll across the Midlands and beyond.”
New toll prices
From 00:00hrs on Friday 12th July, prices will rise between 10p and 30p for motorbikes and cars, between 10 and 50p for light goods vehicles and between 20p and 50p for heavy goods vehicles, depending on the time of travel.
Weekday pricing will change from the current day and night rates to include an additional off-peak discounted rate for drivers travelling on Monday to Friday between 5am – 7am and 7pm – 11pm.
* Microlise Study: M6toll Analysis, May 2019