Harris Lamb Blog – 2nd Feb



Lance Turner

2nd February 2011.

‘Marathon Man’

By Lance Turner, Director, Commercial Agency

Worcester’s Lance Turner discusses his most recent commitment, turning 50 and dressing as a parrot…. 

The route provides 27 miles of privately funded and operated highway from Coleshill in North Warwickshire to Cannock in South Staffordshire.  The road carried an average 47,592 vehicles on weekdays in the summer of 2010  and from my experience of the Toll Road, private cars form the vast majority of the traffic.
The M6 Toll Road was identified as an “M6 Relief Road” to alleviate congestion on the M6, which is something many people feel has not been adequately addressed and, with one way car tolls at peak periods of £5, this is something to be debated elsewhere.
From a property perspective the benefits have probably been more tangible than the traffic improvements.  The southern end of the Toll Road and the ‘T1’ junction close to J4 M6 coincided with some of the latter stage build projects at the Hams Hall National Distribution Park, a 430 acre business park which ranks as one of the best such employment parks in the UK.
Junctions T2 and T3 appear to largely function as commuter gateways for those living to the south and east of Sutton Coldfield from where national motorway access has improved considerably and the effect on house prices has been positive in these areas.
The access to Junctions T4 and T5 at Weeford and Lichfield has given a stimulus to residential and commercial property markets alike with possibly the biggest winner being the 300 acre Fradley Park, where some of the largest distribution buildings in the area have been built with more to come.  We are marketing the new Fradley Prologis Scheme with 70 acres and units to 700,000 sq ft available to be built and which will be on site shortly.
T6 Burntwood, a forgotten part of the West Midlands conurbation 10 years ago for business and for new build residential perhaps, has not quite been “transformed” but certainly “considerably improved”.
T7 & T8 and the Cannock access points to the Toll Road provided the catalyst that has helped to promote the former coal mining town into a first rate employment location.  Significant development of a cross section of employment type accommodation from offices to manufacturing and warehouse operations has bought vitality to Cannock which I think is largely due to the Toll Road passing the town’s doorstep.
For those drivers who still regularly sit stationary on the M6 between junction 8 and 10 bemoaning the state of the traffic and whether the Toll Road has done the job it promised, the tangible benefits are probably in property as much as traffic counts.  The commercial new build and viability of new schemes along the entire length of the Toll Road has been transformed since the road was built.
For the positive effects of the Toll Road you may look little further than the development and opportunity is has created alongside it.


Having turned 50 in March 2010 I keep moderately ‘in trim’ with a few games of tennis and the occasional jog and visit to the gym.

As so often happens when chatting to a good friend you sometimes let your guard slip and end up agreeing to doing something you later regret.

But it’s all in a good cause!

It was Robin Mayo who many may know from the Business Team at RBS who was the friend in question and we are both now entered for the London Marathon 2011 being held on 17th April.

I am running for Leukaemia Care with Robin for St Richards Hospice, both well known locally based charities for which we have a close association with to raise the awareness of and to raise funds for.

To anyone who asks me my comments generally centre on how difficult all the preparation is for a Marathon and at my age the training is really tough!!

The aim is to finish the race on the same day that I start!  Seriously I think I can beat the 5 hour mark if I really stretch myself, which is what I’m aiming to do.

If anyone would like to sponsor me I would really appreciate it and I have now set up a Just Giving page:-  www.justgiving.com/lanceturner

p.s. I won’t be running dressed up as a parrott!

Lance Turner

Lance can be reached on 01905 22 666 or via email: lance.turner@harrislamb.com.    

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