Update On Significant Planned Road Works On The M23

Thursday 18 July 20:00pm to 5:00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure at J10 Southbound. Diversion up and over at J10.

Friday 19 July 20:00pm to 5:00am

Lane closure leading to a full closure at J10 Southbound. Diversion up and over at J10.

Monday 22 July and Tuesday 23 July 20:00pm to 5:00am

Outer ring management leading to a full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound. Diversion A23 London Road, Crawley Avenue A2011 and rejoin at J10.

Tuesday 23 July 20:00 to 5:00am

Outer ring management leading to a full closure of J9 entry slip Southbound. Diversion A23 London Road, Crawley Avenue A2011 and rejoin at J10.

Monday 29 July and Tuesday 30 July 20:00pm to 5:00am

Outer ring management leading to a full closure of the J9 entry slip Southbound. Diversion A23 London Road, Crawley Avenue A2011 and rejoin at J10.

We would like to give you an update on works and some important information for keeping you safe on your journey during the holiday season.

Keeping us all moving. Keeping left is right.

As part of its ‘Keeping us all moving’ campaign, Highways England recently issued safety advice to drivers ahead of the summer holiday; be prepared at the start of the busiest time of the year for breakdowns on England’s motorways.

New data from the company shows more than 48,500 motorway breakdowns happened over the summer holiday period, between the final week of June and the first weekend of September last year.

Highways England is expecting to respond to an extra 700 breakdowns a week for the next 10 weeks, taking the average number of motorway breakdowns each week to almost 5,000. The first weekend in August was the busiest weekend for breakdowns on England’s motorways in 2018, shortly followed by the final weekend in July, with one breakdown reported every two minutes as drivers set off on day trips and holidays.

Top tips to avoid a breakdown:

Check tyres Prior to setting off on a long/significant journey, check your tyre pressures are suitable for the load and the condition of your tyres, including the spare. Look out for cuts or wear and make sure the tyres have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm, which is the legal limit.

Check engine oil Use your dipstick to check oil regularly and before any long journey, and top up if needed. Take your car back to the garage if you’re topping up more than usual.

Check water To ensure you have good visibility, always keep your screen wash topped up so you can clear debris or dirt off your  windscreen.

Check lights If  your indicators, hazard lights, headlights, fog lights, reverse lights or brake lights are not functioning properly you are putting yourself and your family at risk. In addition, light malfunctions can be reason for your vehicle to fail its MOT.

Check fuel Before setting out, check your fuel levels and make sure you have enough to get to your destination.

Highways England has also issued five basic safety tips to follow if your car does break down on a motorway:

  1. Get away from the traffic. Exit the motorway or get to an emergency area or hard shoulder and use the free phone provided.
  2. If that’s not possible, move left onto the verge.
  3. Get out of the left side of your car and behind the barrier if you can and it is safe to do so.
  4. Get help – contact your breakdown provider or Highways England  on 0300 123 5000.
  5. If you break down in moving traffic and cannot leave your car, keep your seatbelt and hazard lights on and call 999.

To contact Sussex Neighbourhood Watch please E-mail enquiries@sussexnwfed.org.uk or visit www.sussexnwfed.org.uk.

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