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More travel nightmares on M23 as J11 Pease Pottage to begin 9 months of roadworks

The improvement works are to increase capacity of the gyratory.



Improvement works are scheduled to start on 18 March 2019 to increase capacity at the Pease Pottage junction of the M23 and will take approximately 9 months.

It is hopeed it will reduce congestion and time coming off the motorway and for accessing the Moto service station.

Other improvements are for pedestrian and cyclist safety with the upgrading of Horsham Road bridge’s existing uncontrolled pedestrian crossing to a signal-controlled crossing and the installation of a signal-controlled crossing on Brighton Road.

The width of the gyratory will be increased at both ends and signals repositioned to accommodate this extra capacity. Linking from the gyratory, Brighton Road’s capacity will be doubled to become dual carriageway to a new four-arm roundabout off which are the Moto service station and the entrance to the new housing development by Thakeham.

These improvement works were requested by West Sussex County Council and Highways England, and are part of the substantial investment in infrastructure that Thakeham are delivering with the new homes.

The timing was chosen to minimise any delays brought about by inclement weather events. The high amount of traffic using J11 is causing delays, so widening works to increase capacity are necessary to make journey times more reliable.

The improvements will:

• Reduce congestion and smooth the traffic flow to improve travel times, thereby making journeys more reliable.

• Expand J11’s capacity to accommodate the growing local community and support business by reducing the cost of economic delays to commuters and business traffic.

• Improve pedestrian and cycle routes on both Brighton Road and Horsham Road

• Improve access to the Moto service station and create access to the residential development site

A dedicated website has been launched which they say will have up-to-date information on the improvement works scheme. In addition, regular updates will be press released to local media; as well as sent out via email to local residents, businesses, politicians who sign up for updates; and the wider public.

During the improvement works an emergency phone line on 07792 224 339 will be manned 24/7. This number will be on signposts in the vicinity as well as on the website, in press releases and other communications.

For non-emergency enquiries a Freephone information line on 0800 148 8911 will be manned during office hours to answer questions about the scheme.

Tim Canham, Breheny Civil Engineering said:

“We are giving plenty of notice about these improvement works to J11 so that drivers can plan ahead. Delays may be incurred during the works. The Pease Pottage service station will be accessible throughout the works. There will be infrequent road closures, but these will be overnight to minimise disruption.”


‘Blood all over the road’ Stabbing in Broadfield last night only 150 yards from Primary School closes road

The cordon is not expected to be lifted till the afternoon.



Police have cordoned off part of Seymour Road in Broadfield as they investigate a stabbing.

It occurred last night only 150 yards from a Primary School.

Officers were informed by ambulance a man had been injured in Seymour Road, Broadfield around 1.25am on Friday (May 24).

The victim, a local man in his 40s, was walking home when he was approached by another man, who had his face covered, and assaulted. He was taken to hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

A scene guard currently remains in place.

Chief Inspector Rosie Ross said:

We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the assault or thinks they saw the victim either before or after the incident.

“We are relying on witnesses to provide first-hand accounts of the assault which is vital to aid our investigation.

“Serious violent crime in Crawley, which is not associated with other types of criminality, is rare.

“Communities will see an increase in high visibility patrols and we are encouraging witnesses to speak to those officers with any information they have.”

One resident said:

“I live yards from this and didn’t hear a thing last night. There’s blood all over the road!”

Anyone who witnessed the assault or has information on the incident is asked to report online or call 101 quoting Operation Gull.

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