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M6 Toll could be free during delays

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The M6 Toll could be made free during major incidents to alleviate traffic on the M6.

David Jamieson has recommended the Toll be opened in the event of a serious incident

The Government has confirmed it has an agreement in place to lift charges on the private road in the event of incident which cause large scale traffic disruption.

It comes after part of the M6 was closed for nearly 24 hours near West Bromwich on February 4 following a fatal collision but freeing up the Toll would also have solved a lot of problems when the motorway was shut near Cannock last year for 16 hours after a lorry blaze.

Speaking in the House of Commons, transport minister Robert Goodwill responded to a question about what lessons could be learned from the incident.

He said: "There is an agreement in place whereby M6 tolls can be lifted in the event of a major failure that is likely to lead to prolonged inoperability of the surrounding roads on the strategic road network.

"The Government are looking at options over that agreement, but there are substantial cost, policy and value-for-money implications involved with de-tolling, which we are currently considering."

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