More than 250 jobs have been created in Staffordshire as a result of the introduction of the M6 Toll motorway.
According to research carried out by Staffordshire University into the economic impact of the motorway's development, the region has received an economic boost and may provide a model for further road developments in the country.
The findings also revealed that within months of opening, hundreds of jobs were created and an additional £5 million was generated for the local economy.
Data collected by the university showed how areas in southern Staffordshire, including Cannock, Lichfield, Tamworth and Stafford, have benefited from the motorway's development.
It focused on the period from before the announcement of the M6 Toll's development to the first three months of its full operation.
The research was conducted by economics professor Dr Geoff Pugh and Jon Fairburn of geography department.