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Two lanes blocked after accident on M23

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Two lanes were blocked on the M23 following an accident.

The accident occured just after Jnc 10 Southbound.

An image from Highways England showed several vehicles blocking two lanes and emergency services on the scene.

Traffic was queueing up to Jnc 9 at Gatwick.

Lanes were reopened at 16:35.

A spokesperson for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service said:

“We were called to reports of an RTC involving one vehicle on the M23 southbound between Junction 10 and 10A at Crawley at 3.17pm.

“One crew from Crawley Fire Station, along with the Heavy Rescue Tender, attended and used hydraulic cutting equipment to free a person from the vehicle.

“Sussex Police and the South East Coast Ambulance Service are also in attendance.”

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A23 closure could be completed by Friday 7th Feb

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a23 emergency gas works

SGN has completed a crucial part of the emergency gas work they started on earlier in the week.

As a result it now means that the company can now begin to lay new pipe to replace the old one this weekend.

The new pipework will take a while as they are having to replace a 260 metre section of the pipe that runs along the A23 under Gatwick Airports South Terminal.

While an earlier completion date is welcomed it does mean that for all of next week the road will remain closed.

Dan Brown, spokesperson for gas distribution company SGN said:

Our engineers have identified the leak and have this afternoon completed the abandonment of a 260-metre section of pipe that runs along the A23 under the tunnel below Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal.

We’ve had a continued presence on site monitoring gas readings, carrying out safety checks and working to repair our network since last weekend. We’d like to reassure the local community that we’re working as quickly and safely as possible to complete this essential work and reopen the affected lanes.

We’ll begin inserting new plastic pipe to replace the abandoned section of our network this weekend. The plastic pipe has a minimum lifespan of 80 years, so this will ensure the area has a safe and reliable gas supply for many years to come and minimise future disruption here.

All being well, we’ll be able to finish this work, enabling us to safely reopen the A23 northbound lanes, by Friday 7 February.

Until the road reopens the diversions will remain in place.

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