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


  • Robbie Birch, Project Manager appointed
  • 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


  • 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!

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