M6 toll road a rip-off, says MP
April 25, 2007
By London Editor John Hipwood,
A Shropshire MP today accused the
operators of the M6 Toll of ripping
off drivers by charging them - even
if the motorway is closed.
Mark Pritchard has written to
Transport Secretary Douglas
Alexander asking him to reveal
figures for the number of vehicles
using the toll motorway and urging
him to investigate the operators’
He said that he had recently
joined the M6 Toll on his way to
London only to find that there was
an incident ahead which he could
have avoided if he had taken another
On another occasion, the motorway
had been closed ahead and he was
forced to leave it - but still
charged the toll fee, which
currently stands at £4 for cars and
£8 for lorries and coaches.
“People were having to pay to
come off the toll road even though
they had not used it. Yet how many
of them claimed or were given
refunds?” asked Mr Pritchard.
“This is yet another example of a
The Wrekin MP continued: “This is
the company which wants to expand
its toll road business throughout
the UK, including possibly in
Shropshire with the extension of the
M6 Toll to the M54.
“It is important that their
business practices are open to full
public scrutiny and have the
confidence of road-users,” said Mr
The MP says he has also written
to transport secretary Alistair
Darling, calling for “immediate
action” to tackle overcrowding on
MP says that the problem is
encountered by both Central and
Arriva Trains Wales passengers.
Central Trains today announced
plans to introduce more carriages on
some routes between Birmingham and
Gerard Burgess, spokesman for
Central Trains, said: “Mr Pritchard
highlights an important issue.
“With performance improving,
Britain’s railway network is now
carrying more passengers than at
anytime since the Second World War.
“Providing sufficient capacity to
accommodate this growth is the
challenge facing both the Government
and the rail industry.
“I am pleased to say that we have
acquired nine additional modern
diesel trains, most of which are
three carriage sets.”