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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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Young man knocked unconscious and robbed in broad daylight in Memorial Gardens, Crawley

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was robbed in Crawley Memorial Gardens.

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At about 1pm on Sunday 21 July, the 26-year-old victim was walking through the Memorial Gardens when he was hit from behind to the side of his head with a solid object and fell to the ground, losing consciousness.

His mobile phone and wallet were stolen.

He was taken to hospital to be treated for a large lump to the side of his head and bruising to his eye and cheek.

Detective Constable Sam Jedrzejewska said;

“We would like to trace three men seen in the area at the time. One is described as black, in his early 20’s, 5’6”, with a short black afro and of skinny build, wearing a plain black t-shirt and Adidas tracksuit bottoms.

The second man was described as black, about 17 years old, 5’4 and skinny build, wearing a red head covering. The last man is described as black, around 19 years old and of skinny build.

“If you can help please contact us online or by calling 101, quoting serial 718 of 21/07.”

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