UPDATE: A27 to remain closed until Saturday

DM156620a.jpg Shoreham Airshow 2015. Visitors unable to leave the airfield following the crash. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150822-184341008
DM156620a.jpg Shoreham Airshow 2015. Visitors unable to leave the airfield following the crash. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-150822-184341008
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THE A27 will remain closed until Saturday as recovery work continues at the scene of the Shoreham Airshow crash.

Highways England tweeted the news, 24 hours after stating it would not be open until ‘at least Wednesday’

Motorists have been asked to remain patient while the road is closed.

Diversions are in place, with the closure between the A2025 Grinstead Lane and the A293, near West Hove Golf Club.

Highways England is busy repairing the damaged road surface and emergency services are continuing the recovery mission, after the military jet hit several cars on the busy A27 at 1.20pm on Saturday.

A spokesman for Highways England said: “A police and Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB) investigation is being carried out at the scene. Following this Highways England will need to carry out repairs to the damaged road. Drivers will be advised once it is safe to reopen the road.”

Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible.

Where they cannot, those travelling westbound are advised to exit the A27 before the closure at the A283 junction and join the A283 north towards Washington, join the A24 south and re-join the A27 following the hollow black triangle symbol.

Highways England advise leaving extra time for journeys in anticipation of the delays.

An accident along the A283 Steyning bypass caused further delays at 12.10pm today.

A police spokesman said: “At 12.10pm on Monday (August 24) four vehicles - two lorries, a van and a car - collided on the A283 Steyning-By-Pass between Steyning and Washington.

“The vehicles are currently being removed from the road, Extra congestion resulted as the A283 is a diversion route from the A27 at Shoreham.

“Paramedics attended to treat one minor injury at the scene.”