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Latest update as A23 remains closed at Gatwick as engineers work round the clock

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Latest image shows the work site currently being investigated on the A23 Northbound.

Latest photo from the SGN works site shows the ongoing emergency gas work currently taking place on the A23 London Road.

BREAKING NEWS: A23 Could now be open by 7th Feb. READ HERE.

SGN are still investigating the source of the leak but are hopeful that either tomorrow (31st Jan) or by Monday (3rd Feb) they will have a clearer picture of how long the works will take although some reports are already saying it may be till the 9th Feb.

Until that time the Northbound carriageway between Gatwick Road and Longbridge Roundabout will remain closed even for buses.

Waseem Hanif, spokesperson for gas distribution company SGN said:

“We’re liaising continually with the roads authorities and all our stakeholders, including Gatwick airport, to ensure the latest information reaches commuters, airport passengers and local residents.

Our engineers are also working round the clock to ensure these essential repairs are completed as quickly and safely as possible. We’re aware this is a busy road and would like to thank the local community and motorists for their patience and understanding.”

SGN released a map showing the diversions that they have put in place to avoid the affected closed road.

So far the closure has caused long delays at rush hours both in the morning and the evening with long tail backs into Charlwood as well as along London Rd and Crawley Avenue up onto the M23.

Metrobus 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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Dramatic photos show extent of damage after M25 lorry fire

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Credit: Salfords Fire Station @SalfordsFire999

There are still miles of queueing traffic on the M25 clockwise backing up from Jnc 6 after an overturned lorry caught fire this afternoon.

Dramatic photos taken by Salfords Fire Crew show the extent of the damage and the disruption caused after an incident involving a lorry on the M25.

Credit: Salfords Fire Station @SalfordsFire999

The incident happened on the clockwise carriageway between Jnc 6 and 7.

Photos from the scene taken by crew from Salfords Fire Station show the extent of debris that has come after the crews extinguished the fire.

The M25 was closed between Jnc 6 and 7 in both directions for most of the afternoon after the accident occured shortly after lunchtime.

The M25 was deserted as fire crews dealt with the fire. Credit: Salfords Fire Station @SalfordsFire999

Fire crews from Surrey, London, Kent and East Sussex were call to attend along with police and the highways agency.

At around 15:45 the anti-clockwise carriageway was reopened but the clockwise one remain closed.

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