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Old 21st Apr 2012, 18:47
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M6 Toll

Quick question for those who use the M6 often,

Is it worth using the M6 toll road to avoid birmingham. I will be flying down to LTN at the start of may to pick up a new car and then driving straight back north. Is it worth using the toll road? does it save much time? i will be passing birmingham at about 3pm on a weekday

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Old 21st Apr 2012, 18:51
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ANYTHING is worth doing to avoid Birmingham...

You don't say where north you are going back to, but shirley you can just hammer up the M1?!
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Old 21st Apr 2012, 18:52
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Used to use it often (3 years ago). I always like M1 - A50 if you are going N of Stoke. A5 is better now. I am allergic to Toll Roads though.
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Old 21st Apr 2012, 19:01
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heading all the way back up to inverness. Going up the east coast is a lot slower once you get passed newcastle till edinbrugh. so west coast it is M1- M6- M74 - M73 - M80 - M9- A9
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Old 21st Apr 2012, 19:10
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Depends what time of day.

If it's rush hour then it's well worth it as the M6/M5 interface is a nightmare.
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Old 21st Apr 2012, 19:12
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M1-cross at A66 to M6 should be at Scotch Corner after 5:30 and it isn't caravan season in May. Or M1-A69-A68, as it should still be daylight.

Is it a good handling car or a box?
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Old 21st Apr 2012, 19:12
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Luton, UK to Aberdeen, UK - Google Maps

A696 - A68 after Newcastle - better than A1.


or via A66:- Luton, UK to Aberdeen, UK - Google Maps
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Old 21st Apr 2012, 19:16
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gets my vote
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Old 21st Apr 2012, 19:26
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I can hammer up the M1, and don't call me Shirley.

Avoid the whole snarl up like the plague. If you hit it just prior to 3pm you may just get away with it. Walsall seems to be the big pinch point.
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Old 21st Apr 2012, 19:29
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That estimate of just short of 9 hours (only as far as Aberdeen) does not take into account any breaks for food and drink and recycling of the same. It takes me at least eight hours from Bradford to Nethy Bridge a little SE of Inverness and I do not dawdle on the motorway. It's a journey I have made for several years now. I use the M6 route as, although a little shorter on paper, the East Coast route takes much longer. I don't use the M6 Toll when venturing South as I don't want to pay when there is a perfectly good M'way available free of charge. Your route up the M6 is the better one. Have a look at this AA route. AA routes tend to be more realistic in terms of distance and time.
it isn't caravan season in May
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Old 21st Apr 2012, 19:37
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Is it a good handling car or a box?
No Idea never driven it, last saw it 2 years ago but it is being given to me for nothing. it is a 7-8 year old mazda 6 ts2
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Old 21st Apr 2012, 19:44
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it is a 7-8 year old mazda 6 ts2
wouldn't worry too much about the toll. The train route is lovely and scenic
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Old 21st Apr 2012, 19:54
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Be warned that there are now speed cameras on the gantries around Nottingham.

There are warning signs, but it's easy to overlook them I found.

Cheap(er) fuel is available at Castle Street, Luton:- luton - Google Maps

luton - Google Maps

or Tesco A505 Dunstable:- dunstable - Google Maps

dunstable - Google Maps

Sometimes the fuel is cheap(er) at the filling station just a couple of miles south of Scotch Corner (on A1):-
scotch corner - Google Maps


or even the services at Scotch Corner (take exit for A66 but head east over the roundabout):-
scotch corner - Google Maps
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Old 21st Apr 2012, 19:56
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No Mazdas nearer to home?

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Old 21st Apr 2012, 21:25
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scr1,

My Mazda 6 (TS2, same age ) has taken me many many thousands of miles all over the UK and Europe, and what a delight to take it from LTN to Inverness you have, most gratifying.

Use the M6 toll, avoid the [email protected]!!

p.s. quick tip, head for the 'card only' payment booth, you just insert your card, and it immediately spits it back out and throws up the barrier, no PIN necessary!
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Old 21st Apr 2012, 21:28
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If paying cash any lane will do as they all accept correct change in the basket
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Old 21st Apr 2012, 21:38
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If you're going back to Inversneck, I would suggest your chosen route is now the quickest, given the M80 fix - and you're dualled till you get north of...Perth (Who was going to dolphinsludge via Aberdeen???)
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Old 21st Apr 2012, 21:40
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p.s. to other posters, M1 is only quickest to around the Keighley/Skipton areas, anywhere further North and you're better off sticking West cost

Random point of interest - Edinburgh is further West than Bristol
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Old 21st Apr 2012, 21:46
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scr1,

The M6 toll is awesome.

Because there are so many tight-wads going back ooop-north and taking the long route round as they refuse to pay the toll, traffic volumes are light to non-existent and the road surface is in a good state.
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