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Crawley residents warned to prepare for two weekends of traffic hell

With Run Gatwick closing roads on the 12th May and then Highways England closing Junction 9 for Gatwick for a whole weekend, residents and travelers are in for many days of traffic chaos

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Roadworks around Crawley have caused many a problem for commuters with several hot-spots along Crawley Avenue.

Now two events across consecutive weekends is to add to the problems.

Starting this Sunday (12th May) the second RunGatwick marathon is to take place. The event is expected to be even more popular than last year with several thousand people taking part. But like last year it means that roads across the town are being closed.

Last year, despite the organisers informing residents and businesses months in advance many people were angry and vented their frustration for not being able to go about their business.

The full map with times of road closures for the event can be seen here.

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But no sooner will this event be over then residents will be hit with an even bigger problem, the closure of Jnc 9 fo the M23 for Gatwick Airport.

A 36 hour closure of the Junction starting at 10pm on Friday 17th May until midday on Sunday 19th May is part of the improvements being made by Highways England as they turn the M23 into a Smart Motorway.

But this will mean thousands of travelers will now be diverted off at Jnc 10 for Crawley.

The diversion takes them down Crawley Avenue, then into Manor Royal and around the runway on Airport Way.

With roadworks expected to still be place on Gatwick Road reducing traffic into one lane there will be significant delays for anyone daring to venture anywhere near the airport.

Gatwick has issued advice to travelers saying they should give themselves plenty of extra time if coming to the airport.

But for residents and businesses in the area it will mean another weekend of traffic ‘hell’.

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‘Blood all over the road’ Stabbing in Broadfield last night only 150 yards from Primary School closes road

The cordon is not expected to be lifted till the afternoon.

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Police have cordoned off part of Seymour Road in Broadfield as they investigate a stabbing.

It occurred last night only 150 yards from a Primary School.

Officers were informed by ambulance a man had been injured in Seymour Road, Broadfield around 1.25am on Friday (May 24).

The victim, a local man in his 40s, was walking home when he was approached by another man, who had his face covered, and assaulted. He was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

A scene guard currently remains in place.

Chief Inspector Rosie Ross said:

We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the assault or thinks they saw the victim either before or after the incident.

“We are relying on witnesses to provide first-hand accounts of the assault which is vital to aid our investigation.

“Serious violent crime in Crawley, which is not associated with other types of criminality, is rare.

“Communities will see an increase in high visibility patrols and we are encouraging witnesses to speak to those officers with any information they have.”

One resident said:

“I live yards from this and didn’t hear a thing last night. There’s blood all over the road!”

Anyone who witnessed the assault or has information on the incident is asked to report online or call 101 quoting Operation Gull.

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