M23 to be closed northbound between Gatwick and M25 for 5 nights
Oct. 12, 2019
Contractor Kier has warned of "noisy activities" while work is carried out
The M23 will be closed northbound between Crawley, Gatwick Airport and the M25 for five nights next week.
Contactors Kier, who are carrying out the works, have said that the motorway will be shut from 9pm to 5am, starting on Monday (October 14) until Friday (October 18).
Motorists will be unable to access the carriageway between Junction 10 (Crawley) and Junction 8 (M25), as well as the slip roads at Junction 10 and Junction 9 northbound.
Diversions are in place for those wishing to access both the M25 and Gatwick.
For the M25, drivers can use the A264 Copthorne Road, then the A22 to join the M25 at Junction 6 (Godstone).
To access Gatwick, use the A2011 Crawley Avenue onto the A23 London Road, before joining Airport Way.
Separate closures will also be in place at Junction 9 (Gatwick) from Monday to Friday, with lane one on the eastbound spur leading to a full closure of the northbound entry slip. The "south quadrant" of the roundabout will also be shut.
Those affected can divert to the M25 by heading southbound to Junction 10 of the M23, before joining the A264 Copthorne Road, the A22 and then reaching the M25 Junction 6.
In a statement, Kier apologised for any potential noise caused by the roadworks.
It said: "In preparing for the switch from the verges into the central reservation there may be some noisy activities.
"We apologise for any disruption caused and will use all noise mitigation possible to stop this."
Work is also ongoing for one more week at the Gatwick south terminal to refurbish the arch into the airport, involving lane closures which may lead to delays exiting the airport.
Various lane closures will be in place on the M23 between 9pm and 5am on Saturday (October 19) and Sunday (October 20) next week.
Roadworks are being done as part of a Highways England project to upgrade the M23 to a Smart Motorway, which is scheduled to finish in Spring 2020.
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