The Freight Transport Association (FTA) believes the present fees structure for use of the M6 toll road is prohibitive to encouraging more haulage providers from making use of the carriageway.
Announced in response to the publication of the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority Strategic Transport Plan, the FTA stated that a removal of the £11 charge for all heavy goods vehicles travelling on this section of the Midlands transport network could lead to a considerable reduction in congestion levels across other important trunk routes across the region.
FTA Midlands policy manager Sally Gilson commented: "The way to encourage wider use of the M6 toll would be to make the essential movements of freight vehicles free at the point of use. This would help ease congestion on the M6 and give a more reliable journey time for freight."
She added that this approach would also have the joint benefit of improving air quality for local communities, as more freight operators would ensure their vehicles make use of the tolled sections of road that are further from built up areas.
A recent toll-free trial carried out by Midlands Expressway in July 2013 highlighted the impact of reduced charges on the number heavy goods vehicles making use of tolled sections of the local transport network, as the month-long scheme saw a significant upturn in M6 toll usage.
This had the knock-on effect of freeing up considerable capacity on the M6 and taking a large proportion of freight journeys away from urban areas.
Posted on 3rd August 2015
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