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Talks over new M23/A23 Hooley interchange

Calls for a new A23/M23 interchange at Hooley in Surrey have led to government-level talks.

Crispin Blunt MP said a new interchange could improve links to Reigate, Redhill and Gatwick Airport in West Sussex, and improve people's lives in Hooley.

He said Roads Minister Stephen Hammond directed that the plan should be re-evaluated and costed in 2013, after a meeting on Tuesday.

Mr Blunt said consultations previously took place in 1995 and 2003.

He said: "This isn't the first time we've had a go at this and nor is it the first time that the Highways Agency and Department for Transport have canvassed opinion."

The MP said consultations had already looked at how to bring the M23 "to a sensible end", where to put the roundabout and where to enable access to the A23 from the south.

He said people who wanted to travel south from Redhill on the M23 either had to join at Gatwick or drive north and carry out "an incredibly dangerous U-turn".

Mr Blunt said his calls for a new Hooley interchange had the support of Surrey County Council, the local enterprise partnership, East Surrey MP Sam Gyimah, and a local action group.

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