Via the ABTA Destination Services team, we have been made aware of planned road closures around Gatwick Airport this week.

The M23 southbound will be closed between Junction 8 at the M25 and Junction 9 Gatwick for five nights, starting tonight, Monday October 7.

Customers due to travel to Gatwick Airport are advised to allow extra time for their journey and check traffic conditions before setting out.

Gatwick Airport have a statement on the website with full details regarding this situation which is pasted below for your information or can be accessed via this link:

Gatwick Airport Statement

Monday 7 to Friday 11 October – Full southbound closure for five nights Junction 8 to Junction 10
The M23 will be closed southbound between Junction 8 (M25) and Junction 9 (Gatwick) for five nights (Monday to Friday). The northbound carriageway will be open, though lane closures may cause some minor delays.

Traffic will be diverted via M25 Junction 6, A22 and A264 to re-join M23 at Junction 10 (Crawley). Traffic for Gatwick will then follow the local diversion route via A2011, A23 and Airport Way.
On Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights, traffic leaving Gatwick will be able to access M23 southbound at Junction 9.

Tuesday 8 October – Closure of eastbound spur road
The eastbound spur road (between South Terminal Roundabout and Junction 9) will be closed for around four hours on Wednesday morning. Traffic management will start at 23:00 and the road will close at 00:00. The road will reopen by 04:00.

Traffic for the M23 will be diverted via Airport Way, A23 and A2011 to join the motorway at Junction 10.

The westbound spur is unaffected and will remain open to traffic.

Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October – Closure of Junction 10 southbound exit slip road
Lane 1 and 2 of M23 southbound will be closed between Junction 9 and Junction 10, leading to a full closure of the Junction 10 (Crawley) southbound exit slip road.

Traffic wishing to exit the M23 at Junction 10 will be diverted to Junction 10a and return via the northbound carriageway

M23 Smart Motorway project
Highways England are upgrading the M23 between Junction 8 (M25) and Junction 10 (Crawley) to an all lane running (ALR) smart motorway. Construction starts in June 2018 and will run to spring 2020.
When it’s finished, the M23 will have four running lanes in each direction with a variable speed limit controlled by dynamic signage. The westbound spur road (towards Gatwick) will also be upgraded to three running lanes.

How will this impact journey times?
Journey times will be longer than normal. Although the usual three lanes will be maintained throughout the two-year project, a reduced speed limit of 50mph will be in place due to narrow lanes.

Why is the M23 being upgraded?
The M23 is a very busy road used by traffic travelling to and from the airport and between Brighton and London, particularly during holiday periods. As a result, safety, congestion and journey times need to be improved, which can be facilitated by a smart motorway.

Read more about the project on the Highways England website. All works associated with this project will be posted on this page.

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