New Inquiry: Road Pricing

The Transport Committee has decided to hold a one-off evidence session in the autumn to take evidence on the existing M6 Toll and the proposed toll road to relieve congestion between Birmingham and Manchester between junctions 11a and 19 on the M6.

In July 2004 the Department for Transport launched the consultation “M6: giving motorists a choice” and also published the “M6 Toll Traffic Monitoring Study” looking at the impact of the existing toll road. In particular the Committee wishes to examine:

  • How effective has the existing M6 Toll road been in tackling congestion on the M6, on the new toll road and on the surrounding area?

  • What impact has the M6 toll had on traffic levels?

  • Is a new “Expressway” preferable to widening the existing road?

  • Is this the most cost effective and environmentally effective solution?

  • Have there been any unforeseen impacts of the existing M6 Toll?

Witnesses are invited to submit memoranda to the Committee before Friday 17 September 2004. It is unlikely that memoranda submitted after this date will be published. Witnesses who wish their memoranda to be treated in confidence should contact the Committee Clerk in advance.

Memoranda should be a maximum of 6 A4 pages in length. 

Witnesses are requested to submit a single hard copy of their memorandum by post to the above address, together with an electronic version (in ASCII, Word or Word Perfect formats) either by e-mail to

or on a disk accompanying the hard copy.  Witnesses who are unable to submit electronic versions of their submissions are respectfully requested to take particular care that their submissions are legible.

All submissions should be final and complete; the Committee will not accept draft memoranda or subsequent amendments.  Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.

Press Notice   36/2003-04   19 July  2004