The M6 Toll - the UK's first toll motorway - is opening this week. As Andrew pointed out [in conversation]: there are toll benefits purely because it's elitist. It's like a first-class section on a train or 'plane that has the same seating, the same worn carpets and the same buffet service as standard-class -- but people go there because other people can't afford to. It makes me uneasy. Two motorways side by side, one 45 minutes quicker to use and pay-for. At least universal tolls are democratic. (Although we could just go all the way and privatise the pavements.)