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M23 mayhem on the horizon as upgrades set to begin

West Sussex County Council say: “Residents are being advised to allow extra time when travelling in the area and to check for travel updates before they set off on journeys.”

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Works on a two-year upgrade turning a large portion of the M23 into a ‘Smart Motorway’ has had the green light and will begin next week, on Monday (18 June).

When finished, the project will see the motorway expand from three to four lanes. This is said to help ease congestion, provide safer journeys and allow for the introduction of advanced technology to improve traffic flow.

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The £164m upgrade will be carried out across 11 miles (18km) of road between junction 8 at Merstham and junction 10 at Copthorne. During the two-year project the motorway will be subject to narrow lanes with reduced speeds, and will require occasional lane closures and full overnight closures at various times during the construction period. Alternative routes and diversions will be introduced to help ease traffic flow.

But many local residents and regular users of this section of the M23 are not welcoming the disruption and mayhem the construction may bring.

One resident on social media said:

“Two years of roadworks for an eternity of four lanes of people in the wrong lane. Great…”

While another said:

“Smart motorway, just a cheaper and dangerous alternative to introduce a 4th lane. The hard shoulder was there for a reason and that was safety”

West Sussex County Council said:

“The project has been carefully planned to try to minimise the impact for drivers as much as possible.

“However, due to the amount of construction that needs to be carried out, drivers should expect some disruption with minimal delays.

“West Sussex County Council is working closely with Highways England to ensure residents are aware of the work being carried out, and know where to go to find out the latest information.

“Residents are being advised to allow extra time when travelling in the area and to check for travel updates before they set off on journeys.”

Highways England is responsible for the project and has appointed Kier to carry out the construction work, which is due for completion in March 2020.

Highways England said:

“The works will commence at Junction 8 and move south towards Junction 10. We will be initially working in the verge between Junctions 8 and 9. Once the verge works are complete, we will change the arrangement of narrow lanes and commence working in the central reserve. For Junction 9 to 10, we will be starting in the central reserve first and then completing the works on the verge.

“Diversion routes will be clearly signed during full carriageway closures.”

The government agency have said that as a result safety, congestion and journey times are all key issues that need to be improved on the M23. This stretch of the M23 is heavily used by traffic travelling to and from Gatwick Airport and between Brighton and London, especially during UK holiday periods.

As junction 9 of the M23 is the main access for traffic travelling to and from Gatwick Airport, Highways England said this scheme is ‘of particular local and national economic and political importance’.

They also said they have ‘considered the full range of environmental topics’:

“…there will be no long term significant effects. Temporary effects during construction will be slight changes in views, construction noise, disruption to road users and some loss of habitat.”

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West Sussex raises alert level as more coronavirus cases are confirmed

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The current alert level in West Sussex has been escalated to “yellow” (raised local alertness) which means there is an increasing number of confirmed cases of coronavirus. This is in line with the increase in cases being seen nationally. There were 116 confirmed cases in West Sussex in the last seven days.

The County Council has introduced a traffic light system (green, yellow, amber and red) to keep residents informed about the current rate of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the county.

With the rise in cases, residents are being asked to take preventative action to stop the spread of the virus.

This includes following the “Rule of Six” which means you should not meet in groups of more than six people from outside your household both indoors and outdoors.

Residents should continue to wash hands regularly, practise social distancing, wear a face mask when appropriate and get tested when they have symptoms.

Amanda Jupp, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said:

“So far in West Sussex we have seen a relatively low number of cases of coronavirus. However in line with national trends there has been an increase in recent weeks of the number of people who have tested positive.

“It is important we do all we can to keep numbers as low as possible. In line with government guidance, please do not meet in groups of more than six people. It is also important to continue to wash your hands regularly, keep socially distanced, wear a face mask where appropriate and get tested when you have symptoms.

“I am very grateful to all residents for their continued efforts to ensure the county remains safe. We have done so well to control the spread of COVID-19 in the county up until now and we are keen to keep it that way to ensure we can #KeepWestSussexSafe.”

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