|From:||Coleshill, Warwickshire (SP214867)|
|To:||Shareshill, Staffordshire (SJ952076)|
|Distance:||27 miles (43.5 km)|
|Meets:||M6, A5, A34, A38, A460|
|Route outline (key)|
The M6 Toll is a bypass for the M6 through the Birmingham and Wolverhampton areas. Instead of passing through the West Midlands conurbation, it runs to the north in existing road corridors alongside the A446, A38 and A5, and incorporates part of the M42. It was originally allocated the number A446(M), though due to its non-standard number, the number M600 is used for administrative purposes.
A link to the M54 is currently in the proposal stage.
The M6 Toll was opened after 3 years of construction and was opened in December 2003 and was predicted to carry around 74,000 vehicles but has declined and grown over the years and during 2015 it hit around 54,000 vehicles after 10 years of declining.
In 2016 it was put up for sale for nearly £2bn last year after a consortium of 27 banks effectively took ownership from Midlands Expressway Ltd and in 2017 it was bought by IFM - owners of Manchester Airports Group, Anglian Water and Arqiva.
There were plans to extend the toll route alongside the M6 to junction 19 as an alternative to widening the M6, however those plans got scrapped due to opposition. 'The Expressway' would have been D2M and junctions were planned at M6 J11A (with the M6), M6 J14A (with the M6), M16 J15 (massively remodelled junction with the A500), M6 J15A (with the M6), M6 J16A (with the M6) and M6 J19 (with the M6 and the A556 to Manchester). Instead widening to D4M or ATM will run on this bit of M6.
The route falls into three sections:
1) a toll-free curve between the M6 and M42 east of Chelmsley Wood;
3) the main tolled section between the M42 near Curdworth and the M6 near Shareshill.
The M6 Toll is the major or right-hand route at each of its two junctions with the M6 and two with the M42.
There are two main toll plazas (one on the northbound carriageway near Great Wyrley and one on the southbound near Weeford) and several smaller ones on certain entry and exit slip roads. They are located so that every journey using any part of the main northern section of the route passes one and only one toll plaza.
Churchbridge is located southeast of Cannock at junction T7 where the motorway interchanges with A5, A34 and A460. It is a variant of a Magic Gyratory junction and only has east-facing sliproads for the M6 Toll.
Norton Canes services
Norton Canes services opened with M6 Toll, and is located off its own trumpet junction between the Great Wyrley toll plaza and junction T6. Perhaps surprisingly, given that travellers must pay to use the road to travel more quickly, it is very busy and popular.
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- M6 Toll road opens (09.12.2003)
- M6 Toll road marks fifth birthday (09.12.2008)
- M6 Toll owners Midland Expressway defend price rise (05.02.2010)
- M6 Toll is 'too costly' for Birmingham firms (28.10.2010)
- M6 Toll prices set to go up again, says owner MEL (30.01.2012)
- M6 toll operator Midland Expressway makes £41m loss (18.05.2012)
- M6 Toll protesters call for charges to be cut or scrapped (18.03.2013)
- Lorries to access M6 toll road for free throughout July (22.04.2013)
- M6 Toll: Is it a complete failure? (09.12.2013)
- M6 Toll: Plea for free peak travel for lorries (15.04.2015)
- M6 Toll motorway put up for sale (12.02.2016)
- M6 Toll is sold to investment group IFM (15.06.2017)