Press release

Safer and smoother journeys for the M23 near Gatwick

New resurfacing scheme will provide safer and smoother journeys for drivers in Surrey and West Sussex.

Drivers in Surrey and West Sussex are set to benefit from safer and smoother journeys as a 2 month overnight resurfacing scheme starts next Monday (14 March).

Sections of the carriageway will be resurfaced between junction 9 (for Gatwick Airport) and junction 11a (for the A23), including the spur road to the airport. Sensors – used to detect congestion – will be installed on the M23 between junction 8 (for the M25) and junction 9 (for Gatwick Airport) to improve safety. The work will involve overnight carriageway and lane closures and is expected to be completed, weather permitting, at the end of April.

Highways England project sponsor Anita Waterton said:

We will resurface sections of the carriageway that are reaching the end of its life to provide drivers with safer and smoother journeys. We are also installing sensors in the carriageway to detect congestion and improve safety and information provided to drivers. We have planned the work to be carried out overnight, when we know traffic flows are lowest, to minimise disruption.

The work will be carried out overnight, between 10pm and 4am, and in various stages.

Carriageway or lane closures will be in place between junctions 10 and 11 as follows:

  • Monday 14 March to Sunday 20 March: 2 lanes closed on both carriageways
  • Monday 21 to Wednesday 23 March: southbound carriageway closed

A clearly signed diversion will be in place for the carriageway closures via the A2011 and A23.

The spur road from Gatwick airport to the M23 will be closed from Monday 14 March up to and including Monday 21 March. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A23 and A2011 to the M23 junction 10.

It is currently envisaged that no work will take place during the bank holiday Easter period.

Further closures will be in place on either the northbound or southbound M23 between junction 8 (for the M25) and junction 9 (for Gatwick Airport) from Wednesday 13 April up to and including Monday 25 April. A clearly signed diversion will be in place via the A22 and A264. More details of the closures will be confirmed and publicised nearer the time.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

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