Secret plans were leaked this week to turn the M56 into a toll road.
Regular users of the motorway will be aware of the almost daily disruptions caused by accidents, and council leaders have decided to act on requests to ‘do something about it’ by proposing turning the dangerous stretch of motorway into a toll road. The toll is expected to start from Junction 9, and end just after Junction 15 – the exit for Ellesmere Port and Chester.
Discussions about the toll road started after local MP, Justin Madders, handed in a petition to ‘fix the M56’. Speaking about the M56, and his petition, Justin commented:
A petition on my website has now been signed by 392 local residents, who share my concerns about this stretch of the M56 and my frustration at the inaction of the Government.
Turning the M56 into a toll road will see it made both safer, and quicker.
Funds raised by the toll are to be used to provide extra motorway maintenance, and to cover the cost of policing for the frequent accidents. The toll is also expected to see reduced usage of the road, which should lead to fewer delays, and quicker journey times for motorists.
The toll is planned to work the same as the toll for the Severn Bridge, which connects South Wales with Bristol, in that it is only payable in one direction. The toll will be payable heading West, towards Ellesmere Port and Chester, but will be free to travel towards the M6.
There is no word as yet on a cost for the proposed toll, or whether there will be some form of ‘fast tag’ technology, but residents of the affected areas will be given the opportunity to have their say in a free-to-attend discussion to be held shortly in Runcorn.