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M23 closed after serious accident as traffic is cleared north and southbound

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A serious accident involving three cars and a motorcyclist has caused the closure of the M23 in both directions between Jnc 8 (M25) and Jnc 9 (Gatwick).

As a result Highways Agency has said it is clearing the motorway of all traffic and sending southbound traffic back to Jnc 8 whilst northbound traffic is to be diverted via Jnc 10 (Crawley)

It is hoped the northbound carriage way will be able to be reopened after incident screens have been erected around the incident.

The Southbound carriageway is expected to remain closed for much longer and those wishing to use the M23 southbound from Jnc8 are asked to follow the “Hollow Diamond” diversion symbol which will take drivers to Jnc 6 on the M25 and down the A22.

For those travelling northbound, drivers are asked to come off at Jnc10 on M23 and follow “Solid Square” diversion symbol which will take them northbound on the A22.

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M23 closed between Jnc 7-8 in both directions due to flooding

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The M23 was closed in both directions last night due to flooding although the northbound lane was opened shortly afterwards.

The M25 had also been closed clockwise between Jnc 7 and Jnc 8 near Reigate due to flooding as well.

Highways England said that traffic was being diverted onto the M23 but with the flooding on the M23 it casued more delays.

The extent of the problem was caught on video @Julian__HJ on twitter:

Credit: @Julian__HJ

At one point there were delays of over an hour as traffic tried to avoid the area.

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