Van drivers fork out millions on toll roads

30 Jan, 2024

New research has found that vans make over 30 million toll road crossings a year, contributing a substantial £123 million to toll revenues. Major roads like the M6 mainline and M25 Dartford Crossing are the top earners, each raking in over £30 million annually from van toll charges.

The study, by Go.Compare Van Insurance, reviewed toll charges across the nation and the estimated number of crossings made by vans. It has revealed how much money van drivers are parting with on toll charges, and which toll roads are the most expensive for van users to cross.

Van charges for toll roads in England:

Road

Toll

Price

M6

Mainline

£15.30

A41/A59/A533

Mersey Tunnels (Queensway & Kingsway)

£4.00

M25

Dartford Crossing

£3.00

A38

Tamar Bridge

£2.60

A19

Tyne Tunnels

£2.20

A533

Mersey Gateway

£2.00

A15

Humber Bridge

£1.50

A57

Dunham Bridge

£1.00

B3129

Clifton Suspension Bridge

£1.00

B471

Whitchurch Bridge

£0.60

The most expensive toll charge is on the M6 mainline at a huge £15.30. Considering that around 9000 van users cross the M6 every day, this is a significant amount to fork out just to cross the 27-mile road.

The Mersey Tunnels are the second most expensive toll road, charging vans £4 to cross. Despite the charges being cheaper than the M6, vans use these roads more often than the M6, with over 13,000 crossings every day.

Revenue made by vans on toll roads in England:

Road

Toll

Price

Daily revenue

Yearly revenue

M6

Mainline

£15.30

£137,700

£50,260,500

M25

Dartford Crossing

£3.00

£86,400

£31,536,000

A15

Humber Bridge

£1.50

£8,910

£3,252,150

A19

Tyne Tunnels

£2.20

£23,760

£8,672,400

A38

Tamar Bridge

£2.60

£21,060

£7,686,900

A41

Mersey Tunnels

£4.00

£53,260

£19,439,900

A57

Dunham Bridge

£1.00

£1,800

£657,000

A533

Mersey Gateway

£2.00

£4,024

£1,468,760

B471

Whitchurch Bridge

£0.60

£414

£151,110

B3129

Clifton Suspension Bridge

£1.00

£2,160

£788,400

The comparison site has revealed the daily and annual revenue that England’s most notorious toll crossings generate through van drivers alone. This highlights the significance of these routes for vans, despite the amount of cash it regularly costs them.

It may not come as a surprise that these hugely popular toll roads generate such a significant amount of revenue, as even smaller roads like the Clifton Suspension Bridge generate over £2,000 daily, adding up to £788,400 each year.

Tom Banks, motoring expert at Go.Compare, said: “Van drivers are really feeling the pinch when it comes to toll charges, especially with the hefty £15.30 fee for using the M6. Being aware of these costs is vital for van drivers, so they can plan their routes wisely.

“Van users may want to look into finding the best alternatives to using these roads if they’re frequent travellers. However, it’s important to be mindful of the additional fuel costs and mileage that come with these options. Van drivers should weigh the potential savings from avoiding toll charges against the possibility of elevated mileage and subsequent insurance costs.”

More information about the research can be found on Go.Compare’s website.