As your confidence in driving grows, the further you may travel on UK roads. Depending on where you travel, you may find yourself driving on a toll road.
In this article, we’re going to look at where toll roads are, why you have to pay for them and where they are located. Read on to find out more.
Toll roads are public roads that you must pay to use. When driving on one, you will come to a toll booth where you will need to pay in order to continue driving on that road.
The money that motorists pay on toll roads go towards the maintenance and upkeep of the road.
If the destination you’re travelling to involves using a toll road, there isn’t a way to avoid paying to use the road. It may be possible to use your Sat Nav or a map to work out an alternative route, however, this might add quite a lot of time to your journey.So paying is usually the easier option!
There are 23 toll roads in the UK and 18 of these are river crossings. The most famous toll road is the M6 toll near Birmingham and the Dartford Crossing in Kent.
A full list of UK toll roads can be found on Gov.uk.
If you’re still a learner driver, you may be wondering if you can drive on the motorway before you’ve passed your test. The answer is, yes. Read our article Can Learners Drive on the Motorway for more information.
The cost of UK tolls varies, from £0.40p to over £5.00. Before you travel you can check Gov.uk to find out how much you can expect to pay.
Yes, you can pay by cash or card at toll booths.
If you’re unable to pay at a UK toll you may be:
To avoid this and arrive safely at your destination, make sure to check if your journey means you will travel on a toll road and be prepared with either cash or a payment card.
We hope you find this article useful in preparing you for travelling on UK toll roads. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for more help and advice.