Say hello to a second British toll bridge, drivers!

3 April 2013

While the coalition government dismantle the NHS, charge people for having extra rooms and do nothing to sort out Britain's tax problems, at least they're fixing all that ails us by making it really expensive to drive, so we can't make a bid for freedom by driving into the sea to escape this hideousness.

With fuel becoming increasingly more expensive and insurance companies whacking your premiums up, you will soon have a new tolled motorway to deal with as well.

George Osborne is ready to announce a new tolled 14-mile stretch along the M4 near Newport in South Wales, in addition to the one on the M6 near Birmingham. If you drive for a living, the message seems to be 'tough'.

AA president Edmund King isn't happy, saying: "We have seen with the M6 Toll that drivers can be turned off by the imposition of charges. There is already a toll to get into Wales on the Severn Crossing but no toll to get out. There is no doubt that the M4 around Newport needs improving. At the moment if there is a bad accident and the road is closed there is no real alternative for drivers."

"If the road is tolled it reduced its economic effectiveness as a lot of people will be put off using it and will simply avoid it."

This toll money is to generate cash to pay for the improvements made on the M4, but let us remember that the M6 Toll hasn't ever made any money.

TOPICS:   Motoring

16 comments

  • Wayne B.
    Why is the title of the article about bridges, when the article is actually about roads? I got all excited thinking a new member of the Bridge family had been born. Strange to call him Toll though.....
  • vibeone
    The M6 Toll hasn't just failed to make money. It's lost a hell of a lot. Every single year.
  • Pizza_D_Action
    I stayed in Oxford once and there is a toll bridge there.... 5 f**king pence toll, what a liberty!!! So anyway, there are more than two toll bridges already, you silly sausage!!
  • Pizza_D_Action
    Anyway, on a more serious note... the M6 toll loses a shed load of money each year, and if it wasn't for companies allowing their staff to use it on business then it would lose a hell of a lot more.... if I am driving South on the M6 in my own time/cost, I use the M6, if work are paying, what the hell, might as well use the toll, even if the M6 seems clear...
  • Mike O.
    How can something that doesnt cost anything to run, it's a strip of tarmac, lose money? I forget, this is Britain, there will be a way.
  • Captain W.
    @Mike How do you think the tarmac got there, do you think it just rained down into place from the sky, for free?
  • Silverfox1264
    Why do we pay to use the roads abroad & the foreign drivers driver here for free??? Get them to pay for a temp road tax on entering the country.
  • Captain W.
    ^ And take driving lessons, while they're at it.
  • shiftynifty
    How do you think the tarmac got there, do you think it just rained down into place from the sky, for free?...Er Road Tax....Captain space cadet...jeeez are you a sock puppet?
  • Alexis
    It's a private enterprise, so needs to sell itself. It's currently marketed as just being a toll road - there are no benefits advertised why it should be used. All the public sees is a list of prices at the side of the road. Hence few people use it because they don't want to pay and see no benefit. 1. How much time it could potentially save you should be advertised. Nobody wants to risk it because if the M6 is actually clear, there is no point using the toll. 2. It should be derestricted. What's the point at paying to trundle along at 70 like every other sodding motorway when it's supposed to be state of the art. In fact the police are hotter on the toll than the normal motorway. I have no ideas why the owners don't lobby the government to be able to make it derestricted, or at least 100mph. Then it would have a USP and they might make some money.
  • Ian
    @shiftynifty road tax is actually a misnomer, it's correct title is Vehicle Excise Duty and the amount you pay is based on the engine size and theoretical CO2 emissions per kilometre. There has been no direct relationship between the tax and government expenditure on public roads since 1937.
  • Captain W.
    @shiftynifty 1. What Ian said. 2. I was responding to "How can something that doesn(')t cost anything to run..." and your attempt to be clever only reinforces the argument that tarmac DOES cost something to run. 3. What I, the Captain, use my sock for is my business alone.
  • Mike O.
    It doesnt cost to "run" tarmac, it costs to put it down in the first place. I suspect the toll charges, even if lower volume than expected covered the cost of the construction years ago. So how can it now be making a loss? Theres only the lights at the side and the blokes in the huts taking the money's wages to pay for. (yes and the occasional repair if you insist on being pedantic). Good idea to have a faster speed limit on it too and to advertise how much time you'd save by using the toll road.
  • Captain W.
    @Mike Every mile driven on tarmac brings forward the time when it needs to be replaced. In this country, with fairly non-extreme temperature and climate, the life of tarmac is predominantly determined by the number of cars driving over it. Therefore, it does have an associated cost to "run", as any business-savvy person would tell you.
  • Ben
    A second toll bridge? We got one of them over a decade ago.. The SECOND Severn crossing. Do your research properly!
  • Marly M.
    oooh, arguing over roads how sexy

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