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Government rules out new M6 toll road

Transport Minister Steven Ladyman announced today that future capacity improvements on the M6 will not include construction of a new toll road.
A study by the Highways Agency has concluded that a new expressway would require 50% more land than widening the existing road, and at £3.5bn cost £525M more. Former Transport Secretary Alistair Darling called the Highways Agency M6 widening plans in for review in 2004 and ordered the Agency to investigate the possibility of building a toll road instead (NCE 8 July 2004).The need for future capacity increases on the M6 will now be met with an additional lane on each direction of the motorway. 'I am clear that the widening would need to be accompanied by demand management measures to make sure that the benefits of the additional capacity are locked in and not lost through increasing traffic levels,' said Ladyman.

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