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M23 to close EVERY weekend throughout March

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The M23 is to have a series of 56-hour closures throughout March meaning it will be closed for an entire weekend.

The closures will be between Junction 8 Merstham and Junction 10 Copthorne.

Starting on Friday 28th Feb the closures will begin at 9pm every Friday before reopening at 5am on the following Monday.

Each weekend the closure will affect either the northbound traffic OR the southbound but never both at the same time.

  • Friday 28 February until Monday 2 March: Northbound junctions 10-8
  • Friday 6 March until Monday 9 March: Southbound junctions 8-10
  • Friday 13 March until Monday 16 March: Northbound junctions 10-8
  • Friday 20 March until Monday 23 March: Southbound junctions 8-10

The last weekend in March is a split weekend with a northbound closure from Friday night to Saturday night and a southbound closure the rest of the weekend:

  • 9pm Friday 27 March to 1am Sunday 29 March: Northbound junctions 10-8 (28 hours)
  • 1am Sunday 29 March to 5am Monday 30 March: Southbound junctions 8-10 (28 hours)

Highways England say a fully signed diversion route will be in place to aid motorists with their journeys.

M23 diversion routes

There are two routes that are being advised for motorists to use to avoid the closures. These are the A22 from Jnc 6 on the M25 which will bring traffic down to Felbridge and then across through Copthorne.

And the A2011 from Jnc 10 M23 which then will lead down to a diversion around Gatwick and then meeting up with the A23 and heading up to Redhill and finally Jnc 7 at the M25.

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First Covid-19 now Crawley’s MP has to shutdown parliamentary system as malware virus strikes

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If it wasn’t hard enough working during the coronavirsu shutdown, now another virus has struck causing even more problems.

A malware virus has struck the office of Crawley’s MP Henry Smith.

The issue has meant that his office has had to shudown their parliamentary systems.


Mr Smith and his colleagues are confident that they are still able to respond to emails from residents albeit with some delay.

But delays in bringing the system back online could be hampered by the Easter Holidays. An insider insinuated that they hoped the system would be sorted by Good Friday but it was going to be hard work due to the lockdown.

Commenting on the situation Mr Smith said:

“Ironically my parliamentary system has had to be shut down due to a malware virus. As you will appreciate during this CV19 period I’m handling hundreds of cases in remote circumstances already. This just got more challenging, so please factor in if contacting me for assistance.”

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