Engineering services company Stantec will refurbish the tolling system on the UK’s only tolled motorway, the M6toll, near Birmingham, England, which opened in 2003.
M6toll is the UK’s only privately funded and maintained motorway. Around 50,000 drivers use the road each day and of which 70% use the road to bypass Birmingham city and the nearby section of the un-tolled M6 motorway. It can save an average journey time of 40% during peak travel periods..
Midlands Expressway (MEL) built and has managed the M6toll, investing £1bn of private funding. It appointed Stantec as the design services partner and the company will assist MEL with the procurement of one or more implementation service partners and provide project management services during the implementation and delivery of the new tolling system.
The project will involve the procurement, selection and appointment of software, systems and equipment providers to implement new roadside and back office tolling solutions. Procurement is expected to start this spring.
Changes will include automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) vehicle recognition. A new customer relationship management (CRM) back office system and eCommerce systems will also be implemented.
The Stantec team will include engineers, tolling and technology specialists from the UK and the US.