Increase in M6 Toll traffic volumes

Roadworks to widen the M6 between Birmingham and Stoke may have caused a 5% rise in traffic for the UK's only pay-as-you-drive motorway.

The M6 Toll achieved a 5.2% increase in traffic volumes during the last three months, according to the latest set of user figures.

They showed the number of vehicles using the 27-mile motorway increased by 5.2% between July and September, compared with the same quarter last year, with volumes averaging out at a daily 44,089 users (2009: 41,898). Car drivers are charged £5 for a single journey; making good valuecar insurance even more important. HGV drivers are charged £10.

Midland Expressway chief executive Tom Fanning said: "The M6 Toll continues to perform well and we are pleased that the solid growth in both traffic and revenues within our June quarter has continued strongly."

The company gave no reason for the increase in traffic but analysts believe the ongoing roadworks in connection with the widening of the M6 between Birmingham and Stoke may be a factor as drivers look to alternative routes to avoid queuing.

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