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Link road could cut rural traffic
The M6 Toll near Birmingham
The new road would cut 'rat runs' in Shropshire and Staffordshire
The building of a new link road between the M6 toll and the M54 motorway should steer traffic away Staffordshire's villages, an MP has claimed.

Stafford MP David Kidney said he gets a lot of complaints from people living south of the town who say more cars are using their villages as rat runs.

He said drivers making their way from Wales and Shropshire to the M6 Toll, cut across country on rural roads.

But he said the new road, which could open in 2012, will put a stop to that.

He said: "If you survey people in rural areas about their concerns, something that comes high on their list is speeding traffic.

"These rural roads were not built to cope with the kind of volumes of traffic that comes off motorways and seeks to find a route through to the M6 toll."

There is no obvious main road link from the M54 to the M6 Toll.

Macquarie Infrastructure Group - owner of road operator Midland Expressway - would meet the 102m cost of the proposed link by refinancing the M6 Toll.

The company wants to build the road to connect M54 Junction 1, M6 J11a and M6 Toll T8 in south Staffordshire.

If planners approve the road - which would be free to use - 10m would also be spent improving access from the M42 to the southern end of the M6 Toll near the NEC.

Those who oppose toll roads call for the government to take over the M6 Toll.

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