Operators of the M6 toll road will increase charges for all motorists to use it from next month.
From midnight on Friday 12 July, car drivers will need to pay £6.70 to use the motorway – an increase of five per cent, which is an extra 30p.
It’s the second hike in a year following the decision in July last year to hike toll charges by 10 per cent.
There will also be a new off-peak discount rate for those who choose to use it in the early hours (5am to 7am) and late at night (7pm to 11pm) on weekdays, though this saves drivers just 10p.
M6 toll hike: From midnight on Friday 12 July, car drivers will need to pay £6.70 to use the motorway – up 30p, which works out at an increase of 5%
The new prices were confirmed on Wednesday by operator Midlands Expressways Limited (MEL), less than a month before the higher charges will be introduced.
From 12 July, prices will rise between 10p and 30p for motorbikes and cars depending on the time of travel.
They will rise by between 10p and 50p for light goods vehicles and between 20p and 50p for heavy goods vehicles, says MEL.
These are the new M6 toll charges that will be in affect from 12 July 2019
It’s the second M6 toll price rise in prices in 12 months.
From July 30 2018, charges for cars increased by 50p per journey between 6am and 11pm, reaching £6.40 on weekdays and £5.30 at weekends.
Lorries were also be subjected to higher costs, with weekday journeys costing £11.50 and weekend trips priced at £9.80.
In a statement the operator said the hikes will ‘enable on-going investment in the M6 toll’ and allow for ‘innovative products to suit the specific needs of drivers’.
The new prices were confirmed on Wednesday by operator Midlands Expressways Limited (MEL), less than a month before the higher charges will be introduced
As well as new prices there will also be an off-peak rate for motorists who choose to use the road at its quietest times on weekdays only.
The discount will see car drivers charged 10p less to use the toll road early in the morning and late at night.
Discounts will be applied for those who use the M6 toll between 5am and 7am motorists travelling between 7pm and 11pm from Monday to Friday.
While these cheaper rates will be welcomed, congestion levels at these times are so low that the majority of motorists already opt for the conventional M6 route as there is almost no benefit from using the tolled road.
As well as discounted charges at off-peak hours, local residents and regular users will also be eligible for a range of new schemes that lower the cost of using the motorway.
The first product is called Hopper and caps weekly travel to £35 a week based on 10 return trips, which is claimed to save drivers over 35 per cent a month.
Local residents and regular users will also be eligible for a range of new schemes that lower the cost of using the motorway from July 12
Shuttle is the second scheme which allows commuters to benefit from unlimited local journeys for £20 a week, which would save the average driver over £100 a month based on a regular commute.
For those travelling longer distances, ReturnPass provides a 20 per cent saving on every same-day return journey.
Announcing the pricing changes, Andy Cliffe, chief executive at MEL, said: ‘The M6 toll 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 M6 toll is significantly faster than alternative routes, making planning more accurate for businesses and individuals and boosting overall efficiency.
‘We’re committed to making our route stress-free and reliable for all, that’s why we’ve put customer feedback at the heart of our new off-peak price bands and our recent product trials to cap prices and offer attractive savings to local and frequent users, ensuring we maximise the positive impact of the M6 toll across the Midlands and beyond.’
The M6 toll is 27 miles in length and is used for around 18.2 million journeys every year
The M6 toll was opened in 2003 and designed to move traffic off the heavily congested M6 through Birmingham.
At 27 miles in length, it transports around 50,000 customers a day and approximately 18.2million users a year.
At peak times, up to 55 per cent of trucks and 85 per cent of cars making ‘long-distance journeys’ through the Midlands use the toll – traffic which would otherwise be using the M6 and local routes such as the A5, A38 and A446.
‘Since 2014 we’ve seen a 14 per cent increase in trucks using our road – a recent industry study of HGVs shows that the M6 toll is a safer road for travel than the M6 owing to a much lower accident rate, and with better fuel economy due to free-flowing traffic, HGV users also benefit from reduced fuel costs and emissions,’ added Cliffe.
‘We remain committed to increasing the volume of HGV traffic using the M6 toll in preference to the M6 or local roads, and ensure that our incentives for new HGV customers and pricing deals for commercial operators are innovative and attractive.’
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