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Gailey resident becomes the 160th millionth customer on the M6 toll and scoops free travel for 12 months

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: September 02, 2014

Gailey resident John Abnett becomes the 160 millionth customer to travel on the M6 Toll. He is pictured with M6 Toll staff getting his free travel tag

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A RESIDENT who lives near Penkridge has become the 160th millionth customer to use the M6toll – and has been rewarded with free travel on the motorway for the next year.

John Abnett, from Gailey, was presented with an M6toll Tag by the M6toll Crew at Roadchef in Norton Canes, Cannock.

The tag, which will allow him to travel on the road for free, is a small electronic device which is fitted to a driver’s windscreen and allows users to pre-pay for passage on the M6toll and pass through a dedicated lane usually without the need to stop. Tags cost a monthly lease fee of £1 per tag and provide a five per cent discount per trip.

Mr Abnett said: "I commute from my home in Gailey to my workplace in Burntwood and usethe M6toll daily, so unlimited free travel for a year will be very welcome. I always choose to use the M6toll as it the most reliable route, ensuring that I'm always on time for my appointments.

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“It was a complete surprise when I was approached by members of M6toll staff at the Burntwood plaza to be informed that I was the 160 millionth customer. As MD of Acorn Motor Group withKia and Ford car dealerships in Burntwood and Mitsubishi in Quinton I am constantly traveling around the region. The M6toll tag will make using the road even easier and quicker andI will definitely consider obtaining further Tags for my demonstration vehicles.”

The 160 millionth customer to pass along the M6toll coincides with the road’s 10th anniversary year. Traffic on the M6toll has increased from 34,000 customers to over 48,000 a day since it opened.

M6 Toll spokesman Tom Fanning added: “160 million customers is a huge milestone for us, so we wanted to mark the occasion by awarding Mr Abnett free passage, which entitles him to unlimited journeys on the M6toll by way of an M6toll Tag.

“I’m delighted to hear that he has already experienced the benefits of travelling on the M6toll and hopefully the additional benefits of the Tag will only enhance his future journeys.”

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