Labour MEP for the West Midlands, Siôn Simon, has issued a challenge to West Midlands Mayor Andy Street over his silence on M6 Toll price hikes.
M6 Toll operator Midland Expressway Limited has hiked the weekday price for cars by over 7%, amid growing frustration from West Midlands motorists.
The new fees would make daily commuters over £100 worse off over a year.
West Midlands Mayor Andy Street has kept silent on the announcement, having previously refused to endorse Siôn’s plan to get the M6 Toll nationalised.
Chambers of Commerce found that road congestion costs West Midlands businesses £1 billion a year.
Siôn’s plan to nationalise the M6 Toll would have relieved congestion in the West Midlands along key trade routes and end traffic misery for thousands.
Mr Simon said:
“Theresa May’s Tory Mayor promised he could get things done for the people of our region, but there’s no proof he can or will.
“He promised to get our transport system moving but is failing to deliver. The Conservative Mayor refuses to challenge a hike in toll prices that will drive even more cars onto our already-congested roads inside the region.
“Daily commuters could be £100 worse off every year, all while lining the pockets of rich private toll companies.
“It goes to show Andy Street is Theresa May’s Tory mayor backing vested private interests.
“I’ll keep providing the people of the West Midlands with the leadership they deserve.”