The Herald Sun of Melbourne reports that toll road concessionaire Macquarie Atlas Roads has stated that toll revenue across its investments increased 1% in the latest quarter, despite a weighted average toll volume reduction by 1.7%. The headline results are reported by MAR as follows:
- In 6 months to 30 June 2012, weighted average toll revenue is up 0.9% compared to the same period the previous year.
- Autoroutes Paris-Rhin-Rhone (France) has seen a 0.5% reduction in revenue in the past 6 months compared to the previous, reflecting a 5.2% reduction in heavy vehicle traffic and 2% reduction in light traffic. This was put down to the weak economy, reduction in workdays (negative for trucks, but the positive effect on cars was offset by poor weather) and high fuel prices.
- Dulles Greenway (DC) has seen a 8.3% increase in revenue in the past 6 months compared to the previous, with a 0.3% increase in total trips. Revenue increased due to an average 8% increase in pricing on 1 January 2012 approved by the Virginia State Corporation Commission, indicating very low demand elasticity relative to pricing.
- M6 Toll (UK) has seen a 3.1% increase in revenue in the past 6 months compared to the previous, with a 0.6% increase in trips (although this involves a 1.8% increase in workday trips, but 3% reduction on weekends and public holidays). The proportion of cash transactions (indicating more occasional users) increased by 1.7% of all transactions. Revenue increased due to changes in pricing on 1 March 2012 and increased demand.
- Chicago Skyway (IL) has seen a 4.9% increase in revenue in the past 6 months compared to the previous, with a 1.1% increase in trips (comprising a 2.6% increase on workdays but a 1.6% decrease on weekends/public holidays). Revenue and trip increases were driven by a 18.9% increase in heavy vehicle volumes, offsetting the 0.9% decrease in light traffic.
- Indiana Toll Road has seen a 7.7% increase in revenue in the past 6 months compared to the previous. Traffic was up 2.6%. Most notable is an 18.7% increase in heavy vehicle traffic paying using manual collection rather than account based transactions, this compares with only a 2.2% increase in traffic for all light vehicles, and heavy vehicles with accounts. Toll rates were revised in 1 July 2011 which also contributed to higher revenues.
- Warnow Tunnel (Germany) saw a 7.1% decrease in revenue in the past 6 months compared to the previous. This followed a 12.2% decrease in total trips. The primary reason is that roadworks on the “competing” untolled route ceased in October 2011, resulting in a diversion back to the no longer disrupted untolled option. Toll rate increases on 1 November 2011 and 1 May 2012 partly offset this reduction in demand, although it would not be surprising if the November 2011 increase induced a greater shift in demand as the tolled route was seen as even less competitive on price and travel time.