16 July 2004

A new 50-mile toll road could link Birmingham and Manchester if the consultation document announced by transport minister Alistair Darling last week comes to fruition. The new dual carriageway would straddle the M6 in both directions between junctions 11 and 19, linking up with the Birmingham toll road opened late last year (right).

The privately funded road would replace current plans to widen the M6, therefore saving motorists from the sort of long-term traffic misery which is currently blighting drivers as the M25 is widened near Heathrow. Drivers would be charged around £5 to use the toll road. There’s no word yet on when it could open.

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