The M6 TOLL, also called the BIRMINGHAM NORTH RELIEF ROAD (BNRR) and
marketed as the M6TOLL, connects M6 Junction 3a at the Coleshill
Interchange to M6 Junction 11A at
* 1 History
* 1.1 Planning and construction * 1.2 First year of operation * 1.3 Traffic levels * 1.4 Historical toll rates * 1.5 M6 Expressway
* 2 Tolls
* 2.1 Prices (from March 2012) * 2.2 Collection
* 3 Midland Expressway Ltd
* 4 Criticisms
* 4.1 Design * 4.2 Misleading signage * 4.3 Protest during planning and construction
* 5 Features * 6 Junctions * 7 Statutory instruments * 8 See also * 9 References * 10 External links
PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION
Proposals for a new publicly funded motorway were circulated in 1980.
It was originally called the
Five alternative routes were put for consultation in 1980 and a preferred route was published in 1986. In 1989 there was a public inquiry relating to a publicly funded motorway.
In 1989 it was announced that it would be built privately and a competition took place which was won by Midland Expressway Ltd in 1991. The contract was for a 53-year concession to build and operate the road as an early form of public private partnership with the operator paying for the construction and recouping its costs by setting and collecting tolls, allowing for a 3-year construction period followed by 50 years of operation. At the end of this period the infrastructure would be returned to the Government. Toll rates are set at the discretion of the operator at six-monthly intervals and there is no cap on the rates charged.
There was a second public inquiry from relating to the new scheme in 1994–1995 and a decision to go ahead in 1997. A legal challenge was made by the 'Alliance against BNRR' which was cleared in 1998.
MEL contracted out the construction of the road to a consortium of
Site clearance started in 2000, construction work began in the summer of 2002 and the road opened in December 2003. When creating the surface of the road some 2.5 million Mills ">
On 23 July 2004 prices for HGVs were reduced from £10 to £6 to encourage them to use the route "for a trial period".
In August 2004 a lower price was available during off-peak hours (23:00 – 06:00) and for the Langley Mill for a northbound exit or a southbound entry.
In December 2004, one year after opening,
Friends of the Earth
In May 2005 the Macquarie Infrastructure Group reported that traffic figures were "disappointing". In August 2005 the Highways Agency confirmed in its own 'one year' study showing that usage had settled at around 50,000 vehicle per day (lower than the predicted 74,000) but that traffic volumes on the M6 had reduced slightly.
From 2008, traffic levels started to fall. Traffic in the first quarter of 2009 was 39,000 vehicles-per-day (Monday-Friday figures), but recovered to reach 54,000 in the second quarter of 2015.
HISTORICAL TOLL RATES
Day time cash prices for various vehicle classes since opening:
DATE INTRODUCED CLASS 1 (E.G. MOTORBIKE) CLASS 2 (E.G. CAR) CLASS 3 (E.G. CAR WITH TRAILER) CLASS 4 (E.G. VAN) CLASS 5 (E.G. HGV)
9 December 2003 £1.00 £2.00 £5.00 £5.00 £10.00
23 July 2004 £1.00 £2.00 £5.00 £5.00 £6.00
16 August 2004 £2.00 £3.00 £6.00 £6.00 £6.00
14 June 2005 £2.50 £3.50 £7.00 £7.00 £7.00
1 January 2008 £2.50 £4.50 £8.00 £9.00 £9.00
1 January 2009 £2.70 £4.70 £8.40 £9.40 £9.40
1 March 2010 £2.70 £5.00 £9.00 £10.00 £10.00
1 March 2011 £3.00 £5.30 £9.60 £10.60 £10.60
1 March 2012 £3.00 £5.50 £10.00 £11.00 £11.00
7 August 2017 £3.00 £5.90 £10.00 £11.00 £11.00
There is a 5% discount for using a tag. Leasing of one tag currently costs £1.00/month. In addition, a monthly administrative fee of £2.00 is charged if the user wishes to receive a postal statement.
Exit/entry at some of the intermediate junctions away from the main toll booths entails a reduced toll, typically £1 less than the full fee.
There was a proposal to build a new toll motorway, called the M6
Expressway running from the end of the
PRICES (FROM MARCH 2012)
VEHICLE CLASS MON–FRI (06:00–23:00) SAT–SUN (06:00–23:00) NIGHT (23:00–06:00)
Class 1 (e.g. motorbike) £3.00 £2.80 £1.80
Class 2 (e.g. car) £5.50 £4.80 £3.80
Class 3 (e.g. car with trailer) £10.00 £8.60 £7.60
Class 4, 5 and 6 (e.g. van/coach, HGV) £11.00 £9.60 £8.60
Tolls can be paid by one of four means: automated coin payments,
payment at a staffed toll booth, automated credit /debit card payments
or in advance via an
Vehicles are classified electronically at the toll booths according to their number of wheels, number of axles and height at first axle. Thus vehicles with trailers are charged extra and some large models of 4x4 are classified as vans.
Failure to pay the toll for using the motorway is a civil offence; anyone attempting to do so will be issued with an unpaid toll notice and required to send payment. If it is not paid within two days a £10 administration charge is added, plus further costs will be added if the toll is still unpaid after 14 days.
Each tag can only be used with the registered number plate and has a
unique account. All accounts on the
The tags contain a microchip which uses radio-frequency
identification (RFID) technology. Physically, the tag resembles a
DART-Tag , as used to pay the tolls on the
MIDLAND EXPRESSWAY LTD
The contract to build and operate the
As of June 2005, MEL was 100% owned by Macquarie Infrastructure Group (MIG) of Australia, which operated several tolled roads in Australia and North America. Long term debt was £819 million as of 30 June 2005. Disappointing traffic figures for 2005 led to a price rise in June, and MIG Chief Executive Steve Allen commented in the Australian newspaper The Age , "What we need is to slow down the M6".
Business leaders in
In June 2006 the decision to not increase tolls was put down to disappointing traffic levels and led to a reduction in value for the owner.
In 2010 MIG was split into two, and the
The road was put up for sale in 2016 and was sold to IFM in June 2017.
Considerable disquiet was expressed soon after the opening of the M6
Toll at signage which directed drivers making local journeys onto the
toll road replaced older signs. As well as incurring toll charges, the
new routes were longer than the original routes leading to accusations
that this was just a ploy to increase traffic on the M6 Toll. Similar
accusations have been made about traffic signs on the M6 that announce
"M6 TOLL CLEAR", even when the M6 is also clear, that are under the
control of Midland Expressway Ltd. These issues are mentioned on the
PROTEST DURING PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION
Environmental campaigners opposed the road, from its inception. While
the road was being built some advocates of direct action dug tunnels
under Moneymore Cottage and two large underground bunkers in an
adjacent wood named the Greenwood Camp. The camp was in the path of
the road in order to frustrate and delay the work. Peter Faulding, a
confined space rescue specialist from Specialist Group International
who removed Swampy the anti roads protester from the A30 protest and
from the Newbury Bypass tunnels was brought in to safely remove a
number of protesters tunnelled deep underground. The tunnels were very
complex and on different levels in Moneymore Cottage. Operation
Encompass as it was called by the police was run by the Under sheriff
Friends of the Earth
The construction of the motorway threatened the restoration of the Lichfield Canal , which cut across the motorway's route. The Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust campaigned and raised funds to build an aqueduct to carry the canal over the motorway. The aqueduct has been finished but the canal has yet to reach it, giving it an odd appearance, known to some local residents as 'The Climbing Lemming Bridge'.
The motorway's only service station is situated at Norton Canes , between junctions T6 and T7.
The towns, cities and roads listed are those given on road signs on the motorway as the junction is approached.
NO. COORDINATES NORTHBOUND TOLLS SOUTHBOUND TOLLS
Northern end 52°40′06″N 2°04′18″W / 52.6682°N 2.0716°W / 52.6682; -2.0716 (Northern end) Merge with M6 J11a northbound None Begins from M6 J11a southbound None
T8 Wedges Mills
52°39′54″N 2°03′26″W / 52.6649°N 2.0572°W /
52.6649; -2.0572 (T8 Wedges Mills)
A460 (M6 south) –
52°40′04″N 2°00′01″W / 52.6677°N 2.0003°W / 52.6677; -2.0003 Great Wyrley Toll Plaza
52°39′45″N 1°58′09″W / 52.6626°N 1.9693°W /
Norton Canes services
52°39′44″N 1°55′34″W / 52.6621°N 1.926°W /
52.6621; -1.926 (T6 Brownhills)
T5 Wall 52°38′52″N 1°50′05″W / 52.6478°N 1.8348°W / 52.6478; -1.8348 (T5 Wall) Entry from A5127 (A5 /A5148 ) None A5148 (A38 ) – Lichfield /Burton Exit
52°37′24″N 1°48′03″W / 52.6232°N 1.8007°W / 52.6232; -1.8007
T3 Langley Mill
52°33′57″N 1°45′55″W / 52.5658°N 1.7654°W /
52.5658; -1.7654 (T3 Langley Mill)
Sutton Coldfield (exit and entry)
T2 52°33′06″N 1°44′12″W / 52.5516°N 1.7368°W / 52.5516; -1.7368 (T2) No entry or exit None A446 (M42 north) – Coleshill None
Merge from M6 J4a southbound None
Split for M42 northbound, entry from A4097 (M42 J9, A446) None Merge with M42 southbound None
Merge between M42 northbound and M6 J3a northbound None Split between southbound M42 and a merge with M6 J3a southbound None
Each motorway in England requires that a legal document called a statutory instrument be published, detailing the route of the road, before it can be built. The dates given on these statutory instruments relate to when the document was published, and not when the road was built. Provided below is a list (possibly incomplete) of the statutory instruments relating to the M6 Toll.
* Statutory Instrument 1998 No. 121: The
* ^ "M6toll pricing guide". M6toll. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
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* ^ "M54 to M6 / M6 (Toll) Link Road". Highways Agency. Retrieved
24 July 2012.
* ^ "Association of British Drivers". Archived from the original on
12 December 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
* ^ "BBC Birmingham". Retrieved 20 July 2010.
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