Roadworks

There are planned roadworks and/or closures that may impact your journey to or from the airport.

Monday 10 to Monday 17 December - M23 overnight works

For 7 nights (Monday 10 to Monday 17 December inclusive) the link road between the M25 clockwise (Godstone direction) to the M23 southbound will be closed for barrier replacements.

Traffic will be diverted to Junction 8 (Reigate) and return via the anti-clockwise carriageway to join M23 Southbound at M25 Junction 7.

Friday 21 December to Wednesday 2 January - roadworks embargo

Highways England’s Christmas roadworks embargo will start at 06:00 on Friday 21 December and run through until 00:01 on Wednesday 2 January.

The vast majority of roadworks nationwide will be completed or temporarily lifted to aid the Christmas getaway, with the exception of schemes where  this would create dangerous conditions or further disruption.

On the M23 narrow lanes and speed restrictions will remain in place. There will be no additional closures throughout the Christmas period.

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.