M6 Toll - Further increases from March

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  1. grumps147

    grumps147 Funster

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    I have to ask both why is this necessary, and what are the improvements they need to make? More lanes will make no difference as it is empty most of the time, and how is more IT going to benefit us all?

    "BBC Midlands Today transport correspondent Peter Plisner said it was one of the most expensive toll roads in Europe.



    But Tom Fanning, from Midland Expressway, said customers would feel the benefit of the investment from the latest price rise. :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:


    "This is a rather large operation," he said.
    "There are things that we are planning for the future.

    "We are looking to improve our lanes, we're looking to improve our IT."

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/8500556.stm
     
  2. Larrynwin

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    This is the usual bulls##t offered by organisations when they want to make more profit , ripoff ! :Eeek:
     
  3. sedge

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    We haven't been on the thing for yonks, just too expensive. I said when I heard it last night - why can't they learn from Dartford - make it affordable and they'd make far more money.
     
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    And the bit that fell off the bottom.......

    "We are looking to improve our directors' pension fund".
     
  5. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

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    How very true, I used it once and it did save me a lot of time and avoided a tail back on the free motorway, but these and other people cannot get through their heads that if an transport system is affordable, more and more people will use it.

    A motorway used 80% does not cost any more to run than one being used 20% same as a train.

    Peter
     
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    But a year or so ago I was told by some on the forum that we don't have "Ripoff in the UK" Has something changed?

    Doug...
     
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    Dartford is going up in April

    Dartford are increasing the charges again from April... The only good thing is it is free between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m (for now)

    Bob::Eeek:
     
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    Every time I go past on the "free" motorway and look across its empty almost, so it will not be for maintenance as it cant be worn out:Rofl1:.I would not use it on principle I do not agree with it being "free"
     
  9. rainbow chasers

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    I have never used it myself - but one thing worth noting for those disabled travellers who do use the road - or have the opportunity to ude the road on a fairly regular basis - you can use for free. There is a registration fee of £15, but passes last for three years.
     
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    Much of the congestion further down the M6 M5 junction would be reduced if this toll road was cheaper or free. Might be an aid to getting Britain moving..Increase in cost is only going to make matters worse.
     
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    I see no point in paying to put miles on my vehicle just because you can travel a few more at speed, yes brum is a pain at times but not enough to make me want to pay to go from the m6 accross country to join the m42 which also has its traffic problems
     
  12. rainbow chasers

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    I must admit, i have never been held up for any serious amount of time. Usually 10 or 15 mins going up - I avoid peak times. To me, when travelling the distance - it really is not of much consequence and really I cannot justify the price for an extra 15 mins - especially when it could take that time to get through the toll booth!
     
  13. Douglas

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    We should boycott it on the grounds that if its successful and makes a profit, it will give our wonderful government ideas.

    Doug...
     
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    That is a very good point! there will be tolls everywhere...be like Dick Turpin days....only his ancestors are working in thr HM Revenue noawdays!
     
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    really I cannot justify the price for an extra 15 mins

    Neither could anyone else. But when it is busy or there is an accident or roadworks it can take us a couple of hours to get from Jct 3 to Jct 7.
     
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    In that scenario, then I guess it could be worthwhile! I know it can be bad during an accident - only had that once, and took an age (pre toll road days)

    In that scenario, I would give it consideration. Thst is the problem with motorways- you never knoew what will happen and every decision is a gamble.

    Still prefer to be in that jam, than 'operation stack'
     
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    I live in the Midlands, just south of the M6 toll.
    I would always recommend sticking to the real M6 or using the A5 between its M42 junction and where it reaches the M6 north of Wolverhampton. Much of the A5 is now dual carriageway. Equally, south of Tamworth, the A5 is a pretty good road south to the M69 or M1. That way the problem bit of the M6 can be avoided.
     
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    The only people I know who use the toll section are those who can claim the cost back on expenses.
     
  19. MicknPat

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    We only have ourselves to blame.:Angry:

    We moan about the salaries of footballers, and celebrates yet continue to support them, here is a good example in my opinion of where people power would work after all the M6 still exists doesn't it?

    If everyone stopped using the toll road for a week I'm sure something would happen, don't the pillocks realise if they charged a reasonable rate say 50p for every vehicle they would I'm sure be back in profit, but no just like the railway system prices UP UP UP customers down down down.

    Mick
     
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    m6 toll

    Tom Fanning and his Midland Express crew are just typical of the greedy buisness corporations that rather than reduce prices will go bust.

    When opened the M6 toll was £2.00 in 2009 it had risen to £4.70.
    Now at £5.30 they are saying it`s great value for money and claim that 55.000 vehicles use it everyday, whilst true figures suggest 44.000.
    As it was designed to accomodate 100.000 vehicles it doesn`t take a genius to see that it`s running less that 50% capacity whilst the non paying section is bumper to bumper.

    Of course they know this as do the goverment so it is clear that releaving traffic congestion, saving the planet from o2 omssions, safety issues etc etc never were the reason for building the road.

    It was just pure profit.
     
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