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M23 Smart Motorway Project

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Project overview:

Customer: Highways England - M23 Smart Motorway Project
Client: Kier Group
Site: M23 Junctions 8-10
Scope of works: Upgrading the 11 mile (18km) stretch of the M23 near Gatwick Airport, between junction 8 near Merstham and junction 10 at Copthorne, to an all-lane running smart motorway.
Value: £1.0M
Commencement Date: July 2018

Works Overview:

L Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage was appointed by Kier to aid the excavation and removal of spoil and muckaway from the M23 as well as help achieve the overall objectives of the project, namely :

  • converting the hard shoulder to create a permanent fourth lane between junctions 8 and 10
  • converting the westbound hard shoulder along the spur to Gatwick Airport (towards Junction 9a) to create three permanent lanes
  • new gantries with variable message signs, providing customers with better information
  • improving the central reserve and adding a reinforced barrier to improve safety
  • adding new noise barriers in built up areas


  • Handpicked workforce to excel in expectation. Project presented at Hemel office to Operators and refresher on GKD system (Height & Slew)
  • 50+ Operators inducted pre-works commencement
  • 200+ personnel trained (People, Plant, Interface)
  • 16,500 man hours completed to date
  • 50,000 tonnes of spoil excavated and taken off site.
  • 100+ Transport Moves Completed
  • Zero accidents, zero incidents to date

Lynch have worked tirelessly to provide a service that is top class

Caroline Ferguson, Fusion JV


  • Early engagement allowed for effective planning
  • Significant cost saving to client
  • Engagement with client and community throughout the project. St Peter and St Paul Junior School in Chaldon required a piece of their land clearing in order to create a sensory environment for the pupils where they could plant some vegetables to grow for the spring. It was a request Lynch couldn't refuse. A group of Lynch operatives kindly gave up their weekend to clear and tidy the land , enabling an area for pupils to make into their own Garden of Eden!

Contractor Feedback

"The M23 smart motorway started its journey in 2018 and enlisted the help of professional contractors who shared the strategy behind leading the industry in delivering a first class service not only for our client but for our customers also. We needed likeminded contractors who would become part of the SMP family and be open to new and innovative ideas whilst working alongside us to deliver 17km of new road. Lynch have worked tirelessly to provide a service that is top class and not only that but have been instrumental in providing training and support for all our staff regardless of parent company. The Thumbs up training they undertook on site, has been contributory in making our site and works safe for all to use with a confidence that safety is paramount.

We would like to thank Lynch for all their efforts and for embracing our work ethics and culture and working with us to ensure a safe and collaborated project on the M23."

Carolyne Ferguson
Senior Stakeholder, Communications and Customer Liaison Manager, Fusion JV


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