Research from a leading academic at Aston University has revealed just how vital the M6 and M5 in the Midlands are to economic growth in the UK.
Ed Sweeney, Professor of Logistics at Aston University, said these motorways are vital in terms of the logistics for national and regional economic activity.
With logistics worth more than £90 billion to the national economy, the industry needs to have a motorway that is accessible and can connect to all parts of the country.
Other businesses will use the M6 and M5 daily, with freight and the transport sector all requiring roads that provide connectivity.
Both of these motorway routes are used by more than 500,000 vehicles each and every day, which shows just how vital it is they are kept in working condition.
In recent months, much has been written about the poor condition of some of the roads and motorways in the country, with potholes in particular proving to be a blight on the network.
Aston University’s research suggests that the Midlands motorway network is as vital as ever for economic growth.
Professor Ed Sweeney said: “In the context of the wider Midlands road infrastructure’s position in the national logistics network, both the M5, M6 and Spaghetti junction as structures and routes continue to play key roles in the transport sector.
“The M6 is a vital logistics arterial route linking the “golden triangle” in the Midlands with London and the south east (via the M1), the north west and Scotland (via the M74).
“In addition, the M6 also runs from the M1 near Rugby and is within an area of highly intensive logistical activity.
“It also passes through several urban centres (Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent, Liverpool, Manchester, Preston, Lancaster and Carlisle) terminating just short of the Scottish border.
“There should be no denying the significance of how important the M6 continues to be.”
This research just confirms how important repair schemes are to keep the road network flowing.
To that end, the M5 at Oldbury is undergoing an £100 million investment to repair damaged concrete and bridge decks.