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Motorists will have to pay up to 50p more to use the M6 Toll

The M6 Toll from Cannock, Staffordshire to Coleshill, Warwickshire Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

Motorists who use the M6 Toll will have to pay up to an extra 50p per journey from next month.

Operator Midland Expressway Limited is introducing the new pricing structure from 12 July.

  • Weekday journeys between 7am and 7pm will rise to £6.70 for cars (up 30p)
  • weekday journeys between 7am and 7pm will rise to £11.80 for vans (up 50p)
  • weekday journeys between 7am and 7pm will rise to £12 for lorries (up 50p)

The M6 Toll from Cannock, Staffordshire to Coleshill, Warwickshire opened in 2003 at a cost of £900 million, in a bid to ease congestion on the M6 through Birmingham.

The operator says around 50,000 vehicles use the 27-mile route every day.

The chief executive of Midland Expressway Limited, Andy Cliffe, said the new price bands and multi-trip options are in response to customer feedback and will "maximise the positive impact of the M6 Toll across the Midlands and beyond".

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.

– Midland Expressway Limited chief executive Andy Cliffe
The operator says around 50,000 vehicles use the 27-mile route every day Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

The Road Haulage Association has reacted angrily to the announcement.

Any increase in toll charges is unwelcome for the hard-pressed heavy haulage trade struggling with clean air zone charging and tight profit margins.

Many operators have been put off using the M6 Toll for this very reason and it's hard to see how the increase will encourage more to use it.

– Road Haulage Association spokeswoman

A new off-peak rate will be introduced next month for drivers using the motorway on weekdays between 5am and 7am, and between 7pm and 11pm.

Currently discounts are only available on weekdays between 11pm and 6am.

Three new multi-trip options are also being launched to enable drivers who regularly use the road to save money.

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