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M23 problems begin as motorway closes all lanes southbound

The chaos of the M23 upgrade is starting right now as Jnc 7-8 closes southbound. Make sure you know what is open and what is closed before you travel.

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The M23 problems are starting and tonight they begin with all lanes closed southbound between Jnc 7-8.

Starting at 10pm on the 12th March the first full lane closure will take place overnight until 05:30 on the 13th.

This will continue every night at the same time until the 16th when the schedule of the closures changes slightly to:

Schedule From 23:00 on 16 March 2018 to 06:00 on 17 March 2018
Schedule From 22:00 on 17 March 2018 to 05:30 on 18 March 2018
Schedule From 22:30 on 18 March 2018 to 05:30 on 19 March 2018

Northbound traffic does not escape however particularly for traffic trying to go to and from Gatwick.

On the 14th March the M23 northbound entry slip at junction J9 will close two lanes which when you realise that a slip road only has two lanes means it will be closed between 9pm and 6am on the 15th.

More news: Get ready for 2 years of M23 problems

Only a few days later the M23 northbound exit slip at junction J9 (Gatwick) will close on the 18th March from 9pm to 6am on the 19th.

For those travelling into Crawley on the M23 southbound and wishing to use Junction 10 there will be disruption as two lanes are closed on the slip road from the 19th March to 4th April from 9pm to 6am each night. This is likely to cause a large number of diverted traffic through Crawley either via Jnc9 or Jnc 10a.

With many more closures taking place over the next two years it is worth checking ahead of every journey before setting off.

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Watch amazing time lapse as new Town Hall comes to life in Crawley

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A time lapse video of the new Town Hall has been released by Crawley Borough Council, condensing 10 months of construction into just 100 seconds.

The video, which can be viewed here, shows the empty site transformed into a striking nine-storey building. Crawley Borough Council will occupy the bottom 3.5 floors and rent out commercial space on the upper floors.

The name of the commercial space will be The Create Building. The available floor space is between 14,000 sq ft and 77,000 sq ft and Crawley-based SHW are marketing this on behalf of the council. For more information visit shw.co.uk/crawley

The landmark building, which is expected to be ready for occupation in February 2022, is part of a wider regeneration scheme at the eastern end of The Boulevard in Crawley town centre.

The scheme also includes 273 flats (of which 109 will be affordable), a new public square, public realm improvements, ground floor commercial space for a restaurant/café and district energy centre. It is a joint development between Crawley Borough Council and Westrock.

The entire redevelopment is transforming a major town centre opportunity site. The new Town Hall will:

  • Secure the council’s finances through the ability to generate new revenue from commercial office tenants whilst achieving significant savings on the council’s current running costs
  • Provide a better, fit-for-purpose building for customers, staff and councillors
  • Contribute to achieving the council’s wider ambitions around affordable housing, post-Covid economic recovery, and tackling climate change.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said: “We are facing enormous challenges as a town: financial, as we are forced to keep doing more with less; social, as we struggle with a housing crisis decades in the making; and environmental, as we need to move quickly to zero-carbon to avoid climate catastrophe. The redevelopment of the Town Hall site is a vital part of Crawley’s efforts to meet all three challenges.” For more information visit investcrawley.co.uk/town-hall

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