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First toll motor way opens for business.

BRITAIN'S first toll motor way was officially opened to motorists yesterday.

A police convoy slowly led the first vehicles on to the 27-mileM6 Toll road in Staffordshire following an opening ceremony headed by the Transport Secretary Alistair Darling. Use of the road -formally known as the Birmingham Northern Relief Road -was due to be phased in over the next five days in an attempt to ensure the safety of motorists.

The first customers to pay the toll levy joined the six-lanemotorway -billed as a free-flowing alternative to the existing M6 from Lichfield, Tamworth,Sutton Coldfield,Brownhills and Cannock.

The first 10 million customers on the M6 Toll, which took three years to build, will benefit from a pounds 1 discount.

Mr Darling said: ``The M6 toll gives motorists an important new choice when driving through Birmingham. They can pay a toll and have a faster journey.TheM6 toll provides an alternative.''

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Vehicles approach Britain's first motor way toll on the M6 in Staffs that was offically opened yesterday by Alistair Darling, the transport secretary
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 10, 2003
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