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Updated 19:15 – NOW OPEN – Handcross Hill Collision

Debris and Damage Force Full Closure of A23 near Handcross

Update:1800 – A23 Handcross. The HGV has been recovered. The concrete has been removed. Unfortunately Police are still awaiting Highways contractors to arrive to check and make safe the Lamppost. Both carriageways remain closed until this has been done. A23 Handcross.

HGV Crash at Handcross Hill Shuts Down A23
Photo – Sussex Roads Police

The A23 has been closed in both directions following a serious collision involving a heavy goods vehicles (HGV) on Handcross Hill. Emergency services are currently on the scene, working to manage the situation. Due to debris scattered across the road and significant damage to a lamppost, the entire roadway has been shut down to ensure public safety.

National Highways service providers are assisting with traffic management, and diversions have been put in place to help road users navigate around the closure. Drivers heading southbound are advised to follow the hollow circle diversion symbol on road signs.

Southbound Diversion Route:

  • Exit onto the A264 and travel west to the junction with the A24.
  • Enter the A24 and travel south to the junction with the A283.
  • Exit onto the A283 and travel southeast to the A27.
  • Enter the A27 eastbound towards Brighton to rejoin the A23.

Northbound traffic will be diverted through local routes to avoid the closure.

A spokesperson for Sussex Police stated, “We currently have the A23 closed in both directions at Handcross Hill due to a road traffic collision involving an HGV. The northbound side is closed due to a lamppost that was struck and could potentially fall across the opposite carriageway. Highways and the Roads Policing Unit are at the scene dealing with the incident.”

Road users are advised to plan their journeys accordingly and follow the diversion routes to minimize disruption.

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