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A23 closed indefinitely northbound by Gatwick as emergency gas repairs start

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From 8pm this evening (28th Jan) the A23 London Road between Gatwick Road and Longbridge roundabout will be closed indefinitely for northbound traffic as SGN (previously known as Southern Gas Networks) does emergency repairs.

Repair work had started from the 24th Jan as engineers began work but they found that in order to access more of the pipework and for safety reasons the entire northbound carriage way needed to be closed.

The bus lane will also be closed to all buses headed northbound.

Read more: The Latest Update On The A23 Closure at Gatwick

Signed diversions will be in place for affected northbound motorists via the A2011 and Balcombe Road.

People looking to access Gatwick Airport’s North and South Terminals will need to follow the diversions via the M23 and Airport Way.

SGN say it’s too early to say how long the network repairs will take at this stage however a permit granted to SGN for the emergency repair work shows that they are currently permitted to do the work till the 3rd Feb. SGN confirmed the road will be closed indefinitely until repairs are complete.

Metrobus has released updated information for their passengers:

Route 3 will be terminating and restarting at City Place. Passengers who need to get to or from the airport should use the shuttle service

Routes 4 & 5 will be terminating and restarting at City Place. Passengers who need to get to or from the airport should use the shuttle service

Route 10 1 on Thursday 30th January, the diversion for route 10 will change. Buses will still operate as normal northbound between Bewbush and City Place. Buses will then divert via Radford Road, Balcombe Road, Victoria Road, Horley Town Centre, Lonbridge Roundabout and the southbound A23 to terminate at the southbound South Terminal bus stop. Passengers for the North Terminal should use the transit system which is now easily accessible directly from the southbound bus stops via the new lifts.

Route 20 will operate as normal northbound between Broadfield and City Place. Buses will then divert via Radford Road, Balcombe Road, Victoria Road, Horley town centre and to the junction with Brighton Road. Buses will then turn left along A23 Brighton Road and resume normal line of route at Massetts Road Horley. Passengers for Gatwick airport will need to change at City Place to one of the shuttle buses. Southbound buses are not diverted.

Route 22 will operate as normal northbound from Crawley to City Place. Buses will then divert via Radford Road, Balcombe Road, Victoria Road and Horley town centre to resume normal route to Charlwood, Dorking and Holmbury St Mary at Vicarage Road. Passengers wishing to board a 22 at Gatwick Airport for stops between Horley, Charlwood, Dorking and Holmbury St Mary should use connecting buses to City Place and change there. Southbound buses are not diverted.

Route 100 will operate as normal northbound between Maidenbower and Lowfield Heath.We won’t be able to serve the usual stop at Lowfield Heath, but buses will stop at a safe place on Old Brighton Road instead. Buses will then run via Charlwood, Povey Cross and into Gatwick North Terminal where they will resume their normal route to Horley and Redhill. Passengers for the south terminal should change to connecting services at the North Terminal. Southbound buses are not diverted.

Route 200 on Thursday 30th January, the diversion for route 200 will change. Most journeys will continue to terminate at City Place. Passengers for Gatwick Airport will need to transfer using the shuttle bus or alternative services. The early morning and evening journeys that normally terminate and restart at the North Terminal will be amended. Buses will still operate as normal northbound between Horsham, Bewbush and City Place. Buses will then divert via Radford Road, Balcombe Road, Victoria Road, Horley Town Centre, Lonbridge Roundabout and the southbound A23 to terminate at the southbound South Terminal bus stop. Southbound buses will start from the same stop and won’t be serving the North Terminal. Passengers for the North Terminal should use the transit system which is now easily accessible directly from the southbound bus stops via the new lifts.

Route 300 on Thursday 30th January, the diversion forroute 300 will change. Journeys that normally terminate or start from the South Terminal will continue to terminate at City Place. Passengers for Gatwick Airport will need to transfer using the shuttle bus or alternative services. The  journeys that normally terminate and restart at the North Terminal will be amended. Buses will still operate as normal northbound between Ifield and City Place. Buses will then divert via Radford Road, Balcombe Road, Victoria Road, Horley Town Centre, Lonbridge Roundabout and the southbound A23 to terminate at the southbound South Terminal bus stop. Southbound buses will start from the same stop and won’t be serving the North Terminal. Passengers for the North Terminal should use the transit system which is now easily accessible directly from the southbound bus stops via the new lifts.

Route 400 will operate as normal northbound between East Grinstead, Crawley and City Place. Buses will then go via Radford Road, Balcombe Road, Victoria Road, Horley town centre and resume normal route to Redhill and Caterham at junction of Victoria Road and A23 Brighton Road. Southbound buses will not be diverted.

Route 460 will operate as normal northbound between Crawley and City Place. Buses will then go via Radford Road, Balcombe Road, Victoria Road, Horley town centre and resume normal route to Redhill, Reigate and Epsom at junction of Victoria Road and A23 Brighton Road. Southbound buses will not be diverted.

Given the length of the diversions, residual delays are likely in either direction on any of the services affected. We will do all we can to minimise these. The situation is subject to change and we would recommend that passengers check back on this site regularly to see the latest situation.

We would highly recommend allowing extra time for your journey if you are planning to travel on one of the routes affected over the coming days.

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Fear of job losses in Crawley as Chiquito looks to go into administration

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The owner of Chiquito restaurants has made the decision to file a ‘notice of intention to appoint an administrator’ as the chain faces huge losses over its closure during the coronavirus pandemic.

In explaining to their staff the decision, the owners said that since closing it was unlikley that the restaurant would have any income for 2 to 3 months or potentially longer if the current social distancing measures failed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

They added that the Group that owns the chain believed the severity of the impact of the coronavirus pandemix would result in ‘Chiquito Limited becoming loss making for the year end 27th December 2020’.

The filing of the notice does not mean the chain will be going into administration but that they were keeping open options of which one could be to appoint administrators.

The decision will worry staff members who are already in uncertain times over pay during the lockdown.

Staff have already been told that all employees would get paid as normal on Monday and the company was awaiting details of the Job Rentention Scheme before making any further decisions.

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