M6 Toll Road pricing cars off the road?

Jay Nagley

It appears that steep rises on the M6 toll road mean motorists are going back to the traffic jams on the old M6 route.

The M6 toll was designed to handle 100,000 cars a day – the normal figure for a three-lane motorway. However, last year it was handling just 34,000, down from 55,000 in 2006, and the lowest figure since it opened in 2004. Since 2004, tolls have gone up from £2 to £5.50. Most of those displaced cars appear to have gone back to the old route, which is now gridlocked again.