20 December 2019 16:39
Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from getsurrey - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email The closed M23 may not reopen for another 36 hours into Saturday (December 21) after being severely flooded, police have warned. Sussex Police's Roads Policing Unit tweeted one concerned member of the public who asked about when the motorway would reopen, replying: "I think it's going to be a long time... possibly 36 hours." The motorway has been shut between Junction 10 (Crawley) and Junction 11 (Pease Pottage) since around 6am on Friday (December 20) due to gushing flood water from a nearby river that has burst its banks. Motorists have been left stuck in miles of queues on both sides of the closure, and the recommended diversion route has become heavily congested. The flooding, which has left all lanes of both carriageways completely submerged, comes after torrential rain on Thursday (December 19) into the early hours of the morning.
Although the M23 closure is south of Gatwick Airport, it could impact passengers who are looking to access the airport from the northbound carriageway. Highways England contractors, as well as police, remain on the scene attempting to clear the flood water. A spokesman for Highways England said: "Our maintenance teams continue to work on clearing the water but the road is likely to remain closed for several more hours due to the volume of water involved." Nearby areas, as well as many parts of Surrey, have also experienced heavy flooding and travel disruption, including a landslip on the train line near Guildford. Dedicated traffic and travel updates on the M23 road closure and flooding can be found here. The video will start in 8 Cancel Sign up to FREE daily email alerts from kentlive - Daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Police have released a video showing the extent of the flooding that has shut the M23 The video shows a large amount of surface water on the carriageway between junctions 10 and 11 on both sides of the carriageway.
It is expected that the operation to clear the road will take several hours. If you have seen or heard anything you think we should know about, or in relation to this, please contact the Kent Live newsdesk by email at [email protected] Alternatively, you can get in touch with us via our Facebook page or on Twitter @kentlivenews. Sussex Police have confirmed that the M23 between Jnc 10 and Jnc 11 has now finally reopened after it was closed for most of the day due to extreme flooding. This is the current (no pun intended) situation on the #M23: a river has burst its banks and is flowing down on to the carriageway. @HighwaysSEAST advise us the position is unlikely to improve due to more heavy rain & high winds forecast. pic.twitter.com/M4ABBhPaJI — Sussex Roads Police (@SussexRoadsPol) December 20, 2019 The River Mole has burst its banks and flooded across all the carriageways by Jnc 10a. With more rain forecast there was speculation whether the M23 would even be able to be reopened today. At just after 14:30 Sussex Police were able to confirm that the motorway had finally reopened.