Weekday prices for cars on the M6 Toll are to rise 40p from 7 August, with prices for all other classes of vehicle to stay the same.
Operator Midland Expressway Limited said the rise was the first since March 2012 and reflects a partial catch-up with inflation due to prices having been held for the past five years following the economic downturn and several years of significant roadworks and disruption on the M6 during the Managed Motorway implementation.
It added that it wants to encourage more commercial, logistic and freight use of the route, which has grown annually by an average 19% in the past five years, so charges for goods vehicles will remain the same.
malcolm bingham, fta’s head of Road Network Management Policy, welcomed the news, adding: “FTA wants to maintain dialogue with Midland Expressway to ensure an acceptable level of toll for freight operators is maintained, as this will make the route financially viable when the M6 is congested.
“However, it is vital that an alternative to the tolled route is always available and that route operators provide a minimum standard of service for the charge, including route availability in severe weather, effective breakdown assistance, minimum transit times and parking and rest facilities. Freight operators will expect value for money and compensation when the service falls short of promised standards.”
The new weekday toll prices for car are £5.90 during the daytime at the main toll plaza and £4.40 at the local toll plaza. Night and weekend prices remain unchanged.