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M6 Toll makes a loss of £41 million in a year

M6 Toll prices now £5.50 for a car Photo: ITV Central

The company which runs the M6 toll road has made a loss of 41 million pounds in a year.

Operator Midland Expressway Limited also saw its revenue fall to 56 million pounds back in 2011.

Fewer than 35,000 vehicles use the M6 Toll every day Credit: ITV Central

On average fewer than 35,000 vehicles use the M6 Toll every day, around half of the number it was designed for.

It's always been one of the more controversial stretches of the region's roads but the latest figures for this 27 mile stretch of motorway speak for themselves.

The Government want the private sector to get involved with improving the country's transport infrastructure - seeing how those behind the M6 Toll are struggling to balance the books that could put big companies off.

Midlands Expressway Limited has made a £41 million loss over the last year Credit: ITV Central

Midlands Expressway Limited has made a £41 million loss over the last year that's despite most charges for vehicles going up just a couple of months ago.

In March a driver of a car on the road would've seen the price go up by 20 pence to £5.50. Meanwhile the price for a lorry went up by 40 pence to £11.

That's a far-cry from just £2 that car-drivers were paying when it first opened back in December 2003.

"The M6 Toll has been impacted by ongoing weak economic conditions. It is not unusual for toll road concession companies to generate accounting losses for many years."

– Midland Expressway Limited

Whatever the reason it's affecting their bottom line to the tune of many tens of millions of pounds - and calling into question the idea of toll charging being the future of our roads.