M23 closure: junctions shut, traffic news and why it is closed

A highway will be closed for several days at a key junction, it has been announced.

The M23 is closed for road works this weekend.

Motorists are warned to seek alternative routes.

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According to the AA, traffic is beginning to build in the area.

Here’s everything you need to know:

Where is the M23 closed?

It is closed on the northbound carriageway at junction 8 near junction 7 of the M25.

How long will it be closed?

The M23 will remain closed all weekend.

National Highways warns it will be closed until the early hours of Monday (Aug. 14).

Why is the M23 closed?

It is closed for road works.

AA Traffic states: “Road closed and delays due to weekend bridge work into the early hours of Monday morning on the northbound M23 at J8 (M25 Interchange).”

Previously, the section of the M23 between junction 8 and junction 10 was converted into a smart motorway between 2017 and 2020 in a £164m project.

What did National Highways say?

In a post on Twitter, National Highways – South East wrote: “Please note that the M23 northbound at junction J8 near junction M25 J7 is closed for planned roadworks over the weekend.

“Delays of up to 30 minutes will be experienced on the return flight bound for J8 near Horley. So please plan ahead or find an alternative route if possible.”

Is Gatwick Airport affected?

AA Traffic has warned: “Congestion midway to J9 (Gatwick Airport)”.

If you’re heading into Gatwick Airport for a flight this weekend, be aware of the closure and plan ahead.

How bad is the traffic?

Traffic on the M23. Image: Traffic UK

AA Traffic is warning drivers of “serious delays” this morning.

Its traffic map reads: “Road closed and delays due to bridge work over the weekend into the early hours of Monday morning on the northbound M23 at J8 (M25 Interchange).

“Congestion midway to J9 (Gatwick Airport) and also delays through Reigate as traffic avoids the lockdown. Diversion in operation.”

AA Traffic adds: “Significant delays of 18 minutes and increasing delays on the northbound M23 in Surrey. Average speed ten miles an hour.”

There are also delays on the M25 near junction 7.

AA Traffic states: “Six minute delays and increasing delays on the M25 clockwise between Broomlands Lane (Clacket Lane Services) and J7 M23 J8. Average speed 25 km/h.”

What is the detour route?

A detour and detour route is in place this weekend due to the closure of the M23.

AA Traffic states: “Detour in operation – take the M25 clockwise to junction 8. Exit at junction 8 and turn counter-clockwise back onto the M25 where you can rejoin the M23.”

How long is the M23?

The M23 is 15.9 miles long.

It was built between 1972 and 1975.

The M23 runs from Hooley in Surrey down past Redhill, Gatwick Airport and Crawley.

From Junction 9 there is a branch to Gatwick Airport.

There are currently six junctions on the M23: