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Crash involving six cars on M6 Toll motorway

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Crews dealt w. 6 car RTC on M6 Toll. 1 woman released using cutting gear. Scene cordoned off due to unstable road furniture. 1 lane open.

Fire crews are at the scene of a crash involving six cars on the M6 Toll motorway in the West Midlands.

Eyewitnesses have described how there was heavy hail or sleet falling at the time of the incident.

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'Nonsense' to say M6 Toll benefits no-one - transport group

It's a nonsense to suggest that the M6 Toll 'benefits no-one'.

The Campaign for Better Transport report has ignored the fact that up to 50,000 customers use the M6 Toll each work day - this is traffic that would otherwise be adding to congestion on the M6 Motorway.

Like many other businesses in the UK, the M6 Toll has been impacted by the prolonged economic downturn

– Midland Expressway Limited statement

M6 Toll 'has not worked', says campaigner

It is the tenth anniversary of the first pay-as-you-go motorway in the UK today - the M6 toll.

When it first opened it cost £3 to skirt 27 miles around Birmingham and has risen to £5.50 since then.

The company which runs the toll say up to 50,000 people use it each working day but Chris Crean, a Friends of the Earth campaigner, says that is not enough to make it worthwhile.

M6 toll 'pay-as-you-go' motorway 10th anniversary

It is 10 years since the opening of the M6 toll 'pay-as-you-go' motorway.

When the road first opened to drivers on December 9 2003 it cost £3.00 to travel the 27-mile route. In 2013, it now costs motorists travelling in cars £5.50 to use the M6 toll.

The M6 Toll in Staffordshire Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The toll motorway runs from Junction 3a on the M6 round the North East of the West Midlands and rejoins the M6 at Junction 11a.

Use the M6 toll for free

Midland Expressway which own and run the M6 Toll north of Birmingham are offering members of the Road Haulage Association a month-long trial to use use the motorway section free of charge during July.

In July Road Haulage Association members could use the motorway for free Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive

At the moment the HGV cost is £11 and some operators say its not worth spending that much money when other routes are available.

Firms are expected to take advantage of the freebie in the hope that high volumes of traffic may convince Midland Expressway that it needs to lower its prices.

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M6 Toll - Good for commuters or a 'costly flop'?

Britain's only privately-run toll road has been branded a waste of money and resources by the head of the West Midlands Transport Authority. Geoff Inskip says using the M6 Toll road hasn't relieved congestion and should be nationalised.

The company which owns and runs the road says the fall in the number of vehicles using the M6 is due to the economic downturn. Phil Brewster reports.

M6 Toll 'a costly flop', says transport boss

by Phil Brewster
The M6 Toll Credit: ITV News Central

Geoff Inskip, the Chief Executive of Centro, the West Midlands Transport Authority says the pay-as-you go motorway is a costly flop. He says toll prices should be cut or the road should be re-nationalised.

The M6 Toll Credit: ITV News Central

Midlands Express Way Ltd, which owns & operates the M6 Toll blames the economic downturn for the fall in traffic numbers on the road.

The firm says that 40,000 customers choose to use the road every day to bypass Birmingham as it 'provides a reliable alternative the M6 motorway - one of the UK's most congested motorways'.

Special M6 toll road card pass to be issued

The offer to members of the RHA has come about following negotiations between the organisation and M6 toll firm Midland Expressway.

A special M6 toll card pass will be issued to lorry drivers who don't currently use the road.

It will run from July 1 until midnight on July 31.

This offer comes as a result of lengthy discussions between ourselves and Midlands Expressway as to how the road could be made more attractive to RHA members as a viable option.

– RHA Chief Executive Geoff Dunning
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