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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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Two weeks of delays as work starts to refurbish traffic lights on Gatwick Road, Crawley after flooding

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Flood damage has prompted the need for traffic light refurbishment work at the Gatwick Road/Beehive Ring Road junction in Crawley.

Periodic, localised flooding of the neighbouring watercourse has damaged the existing equipment. The controller will now be relocated and a full upgrade of the traffic signals’ heads and push buttons will also be carried out.

Work is scheduled to start today (Monday, 30 November) and likely to take about two weeks.

Temporary traffic lights in operation for the protection of the public and workforce and delays are likely. If possible, motorists are advised to seek alternative routes, particularly during peak periods.

A West Sussex County Council spokesperson said:

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused and will do all we can to try to minimise this as much as possible.”

The work, including the upgrades, will cost about £60,000.

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