M6 Toll

Welcome to one of the UK's newest motorways, the first to open since the M60 was completed in 2000. The M6 Toll (or M6T, as we shall call it) is the brand-spanking-new northern bypass for the West Midlands conurbation, attempting to relieve the choked M6 through the urban area, which is not only under capacity, but also carried on a number of elevated viaducts which are now in a very sorry state.

This route was first proposed in 1980, and featured in the Roads for Prosperity report, but was shelved in early 1990s spending cuts. So how did it get built if it was shelved so long ago, and when many more recent road schemes were cancelled in 1996?

Easy. This is the first motorway to charge a direct toll to road users. Okay, that's not strictly true - the M4 and M48 both require you to pay to cross the Severn Bridge. But this is just a flat piece of tarmac with no particularly impressive engineering to it, and it too charges a toll.

It remains to be seen whether this fledgeling motorway will survive as a private enterprise. Midland Expressway Ltd., the consortium that won the contract to build and run it in 1991, is confident it will attract enough traffic - but independent surveys suggest that many people will continue to use the existing free road, especially considering it moves freely at night and between rush hours. It has also been criticised for its sneaky design, intended to trick people into using the new road and paying the toll: for example, at each end the M6 runs directly onto the new road, and you must turn off to reach the old one. If you're not looking for signs, you'll end up paying.

Tolls

Enquiries about toll charges

Please direct all enquiries about the tolls to Midland Expressway Ltd. This is NOT the M6 Toll official website.

Vehicle class Mon-Fri
06:00-23:00
Sat-Sun
06:00-23:00
23:00-06:00
Motorbike £3.00 £2.80 £1.80
Car £5.50 £4.80 £3.80
Car + trailer £10.00 £8.60 £6.60
Van, HGV, coach £11.00 £9.60 £8.60
HGV with 6+ axles £11.00 £9.60 £8.60

The prices above are intended as a guide only, and were correct at 12 February 2015. Please check the M6 Toll official website for up-to-date prices.

Junctions T3, T4, T5 and T6 are considered "local tolls" as vehicles using these junctions have only used part of the motorway, and tolls are reduced. Motorists using these junctions can expect to pay about £1 less.

Holders of electronic Tags receive a 5% discount on all tolls.

Owners of motor homes, caravans and other similar long vehicles are warned that the tolls are calculated by the height of the vehicle at the first axle and the number of axles. One visitor reports having to pay £10 when driving a motor home towing a small car, and many more towing caravans have been surprised by the price.

Start
Coleshill
End
Cannock
Passes
Tamworth, Lichfield, Brownhills, Cannock
Length
27 miles
Open Junctions Section
Dec 2003 Entire motorway

Exit list

Junction   Northbound               Southbound  
M6 J11A The NORTH
Stafford
M6 Link


M6
NORTH
M6
N/A
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 3 lanes  
T8 Wolverhampton
Telford (M54 Link)
A460
A460
(M54)
A4601


A460
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 3 lanes  
T7 Cannock
Great Wyrley
A5
A34


A5
A5
(A34)


LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 3 lanes  
Toll Station (Westbound)
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes Signs
2 miles, 3 lanes 6 miles, 3 lanes
Services Norton Canes Services Norton Canes
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 3 lanes 2 miles, 3 lanes
T6 Brownhills
Burntwood
(B5011)
(B5011) Brownhills
Burntwood
(B5011)
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
6 miles, 3 lanes 4 miles, 3 lanes
T5 A5127 A5

A5127


A5148

A5
Lichfield
Burton on Trent
A5148 Link
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
  2 miles, 3 lanes
T4 Lichfield
Burton on Trent
A38
(A5)
(A38)
Tamworth
A5
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
7 miles, 3 lanes 1 mile, 3 lanes
Toll Station (Eastbound)
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes Signs
  6 miles, 3 lanes
T3 Tamworth
Sutton Coldfield
A38
A38 A38 Tamworth
Sutton Coldfield
A38
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
3 miles, 3 lanes 2 miles, 3 lanes
T2 A446

A4091

A446
Coleshill
A446
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
   
T1 The NORTH
Tamworth
M42 Link
A4097 A446

M42

A4097

A446
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 5 lanes 1 mile, 3 lanes
M42 J8 (M6)
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 4 lanes 4 miles, 4 lanes
M42 J7A M42



The SOUTH WEST
Birmingham
(S & E)
Solihull
M42 Link (M40 Link)
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 3 lanes 2 miles, 3 lanes
M6 J3A N/A M6



M6
SOUTH
The SOUTH
Coventry
M6 Link
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
Routes

Picture credits

With thanks to Paul Russell (Midland Expressway Ltd.), John Gauld and Nathaniel Porter for information on this page.