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M6 traffic is getting a move on.

SO MANY motorists used the newly-opened M6 toll road in its first week that speeds on the old motorway increased by 30 per cent, according to data released today.

Traffic management group Itis calculated that the average speed on the M6 past Birmingham was 52 mph in the first week of the Britain's first privately-run motorway, from December 14 to 20.

Average speeds for the corresponding mid-December week in 2002 were just 40 mph.

Almost 35,000 vehicles used the 27-mile toll road, which runs from Coleshill to Cannock, in the first week.

Early figures suggest Midland Expressway, the Australian-Italian consortium which built and manages the route, could collect up to pounds 100,000 a day in revenue.

Prices vary from pounds 2 per car to pounds 10 for a lorry.
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Date:Jan 5, 2004
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