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M23 to close EVERY weekend throughout March



M23 motorway

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.


74-year-old local man dies after motorcycle collision in Crawley Down



A man has been arrested after a motorcyclist sadly died in a collision in Crawley Down.

The crash involving a blue Vauxhall Astra and a red Kawasaki occurred on the B2028 Turners Hill Road, south of Crawley Down village, about 8.50pm on Thursday 25 June.

The motorcyclist – a 74-year-old local man – suffered serious injuries and was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

The Astra driver – a 72-year-old man from Crawley – sustained minor injuries.

He was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving and causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving, and remains in police custody at this stage.

Anyone who saw what happened, or anyone with dash cam footage which captured the incident or the events leading up to it, is urged to email quoting Operation Bavian.

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