CAPACITY ON the M6 between Birmingham and Manchester will not be increased with a new tolled Expressway, roads minister Stephen Ladyman has announced.
Former transport secretary Alistair Darling ordered the Highways Agency to work up plans for an Expressway in July 2004 (NCE 8 July 2004).
The Highways Agency has concluded that it would be more difficult to construct than initially believed and cannot be built more quickly than on-line widening. It would require 50% more land, cost 15% more at £3.5bn and introduce significant disruption to the existing M6.
On-line widening could be completed in 2017.