M6 toll, is this a good idea

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  1. bernardfeay

    bernardfeay Read Only Funster

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    The cost for a motorhome to use the M6 toll is close to a tenner. Whenever I get close I see a notice up saying "congestion between J8 and J10".

    All over the motorway network I see a different sign that says J12 is 15 miles away and 13 minutes.

    If there was a similar sign on the M6 toll I could make an informed decision. As things stand I always avoid the toll road and usually it's a good decision. It would be just so helpful if they told you the length of the delay.
     
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    :Rofl1: wat and not get a chance to rob you of your money,,, talk scence:Rofl1:
     
  3. Skypilot

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    M6 toll Road.

    When visiting my partners family in Tamworth, We use the Toll Road every time, well worth it when the alternative is the A5 with all it's varying speed limits and cameras. One flash = 10 trips on the Toll. Even used it last time with my trailer on, now that is "robbery"!!!
     
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    Been that way many times and never used it, if your in a rush then maybe but the maximum ive been delayed is 10-15 mins, just stick to the speed limits and save your money, after all your time is free!!!
     
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    It's not close to £10, it is £10 with or without trailer.

    Here are the prices : http://www.m6toll.co.uk/UserFiles/File/Pricing%20Table%201-3-10.pdf

    We have always used it, it's sooooo quiet and pleasant to drive along, you'll wonder where everyone went. Still B****y expensive though.

    The last time I came along the old M6 there were road works setting up a system like the dreaded M25 speed control. Anyone know if this is still going on?
     
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    I don't know about 'dreaded' speed control. If you mean variable speed limits during periods of congestion, it has worked pretty well on the M25 and now seems to be successful on the M6 and M42. I speak as one who commuted on M6/M42 for best part of 30 years on the West Midlands stretch and wasted a significant proportion of my life stuck in queues. The variable limits came in to coincide with my retirement!
    Variable limits work to even flow. Same principle as controlling gas or water in pipes where there are bottlenecks in a system.

    Mind you, the interminable time it takes to set up a stretch of road and the consequent 50mph average speed cameras, like on the M1, are a pain in the a**e!
     
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    Fell for the bloody lies on those signs twice.. never ever again

    Every time we used the toll road we ended up in traffic jams sitting still for ages

    Every time one or more of the others in the group have gone round the 'normal' M6 and had no hold up at all.

    Each time the signs have stated 'NO DELAYS ON TOLL ROAD'

    Like I say, never again, conning buggers ! :Angry:
     
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    Congestion signs are a con although the toll road is easier a tenner a time is a bit steep :Angry:
     
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    Ive used the M6 Toll in my car loads of times and its brilliant but to expensive with the MH.

    The M6 Proper always warns of delays but they are very seldom there. Most people know when and were the M6 will have delays, like at any point from 3pm to 8pm Fridays. :Eek!:

    I cant understand why the M6 Toll is so expensive, it must cost as much to maintain as the M6 proper no matter what the volume of traffic and yet theres never any traffic on it. They must be losing a fortune.

    Jim
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    I have used the roads in the midlands a lot for business travel from the north west to various parts of the south. I try now to use the train whenever possible, but it is not always.

    Without doubt if heading for the M40 side the £5 car fee at peak hours is good value for money for business use.

    For the motorhome it is a rip off.

    However, if I am heading for the M1/A1/A14 I would come off at Stoke and cross country on the A50. This would be my preferred motorhome route as well for this direction.

    Motorhome wise I would only pay the £10 IF I had heard some traffic news that said I was in for over an hours delay on one of my alternative routes.

    In this really bad weather if snow is falling heavily I would stick to the M6 as I know the gritting regime and volume of traffic would keep it clear, if slow.
     
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    Good route planning.
    Jim
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    I use it - as somebody else said, it's a pleasure to drive along usually.

    It has occurred to me though, that if there is a delay they should give you back your dosh! After all, it's supposed to be there to speed your journey - if it's not fit for purpose............:Smile:
     
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    I understand it is actually a privately owned road Jim ( I remember when it was first opened there was considerable debate on biker forums about the speed limits etc.. Of course they are the same as on any other road but it DID lead to a lot of speculation and a fair bit of wishful thinking !
     
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    Motorway Tolls ?

    Great idea, the sooner they are all toll the better.. :thumb:

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    Never used the M6 Toll, have used the toll roads in France however to go south, Good value!
    Don't think it would be a good idea for M/Ways in UK to go toll though, BUT with this bloody government anything is possible!
     
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    It would be a fairer system if they introduced Road Tolls and a bit more tax on fuel and got rid of road tax on vehicles, like they do in Switzerland, seems to work OK for them!! Mind You, things would improve if the road tax was actually used to maintain the roads!!!!! I pay the same road tax as everyone else and our roads up here are atrocious compared to other parts of the country!!
     
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    are Blue badge holders exempt the toll?
     
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    What is it with the British? The answer to everything is "put the price up". Alchohol, junk food now driving!
    Everything that most people do or use responsibly, if it gives you pleasure put the sodding price up!

    So my answer is a resounding NO. :Angry:
     
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