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  1. Gatwick drones: As it happened

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  1. Video content

    Video caption: Extension to ‘no-fly zone’ comes into force

    Drones banned within 5km of airports and runways

  2. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A23 West Sussex southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A23 West Sussex southbound severe accident, between North Terminal Approach and M23.

    A23 West Sussex - A23 Airport Way in Gatwick blocked and queuing traffic southbound between the North Terminal Approach junction and Gatwick South terminal roundabout, because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  3. MPs to investigate drone use after Gatwick shutdown

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    MPs are to hold an inquiry into the use of drones.

    The investigation, by the Science and Technology select committee, comes after reports of a drone flying over Gatwick caused major disruption for two days before Christmas.

    Gatwick drone disruption at Christmas
    Image caption: The drone reports caused hundreds of flights to be cancelled or diverted

    It was followed by a similar but much smaller incident at Heathrow.

    With the government planning a drones bill later in the year, the committee wants to examine the effectiveness of safety measures built into drones and what anti-drone technology is available.

    Police at Gatwick
    Image caption: Police were unable to track down the drone pilot at Gatwick

    It will also look at plans for registering civilian drones and the economic opportunities they offer.

    The committee is asking for written evidence by 12 April.

    Quote Message: Now is the time for us to influence Government thinking in light of recent incidents and the upcoming Drones Bill." from Norman Lamb MP Chair, Science and Technology Committee
    Norman Lamb MPChair, Science and Technology Committee
  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A23 West Sussex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A23 West Sussex northbound severe accident, between M23 and North Terminal Approach.

    A23 West Sussex - A23 Airport Way in Gatwick Airport closed and queuing traffic northbound between Gatwick South terminal roundabout and the North Terminal Approach junction, because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe accident: A23 West Sussex northbound

    BBC News Travel

    A23 West Sussex northbound severe accident, from North Terminal Approach to A217.

    A23 West Sussex - A23 Brighton Road in Gatwick closed and heavy traffic northbound from the North Terminal Approach junction to Longbridge Roundabout, because of an accident. On the roundabout.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  6. Gatwick Airport train station improvements backed

    Karen Dunn

    Local Democracy Reporter

    An application to upgrade Gatwick Airport's railway station has been unanimously backed by Crawley councillors.

    The work will see the building of a first-floor concourse and entrance area above platforms five, six and seven, as well as the widening of platforms five and six, and new lifts and escalators fitted to platforms three to seven.

    The new concourse will have a curved roof, and canopies will be put up over platforms three to seven.

    The meeting heard that the application was awaiting one final policy point regarding District Energy Networks, and would be fully approved once everything was in place.

    Labour councillor Peter Smith said it was “high-time” the station was improved.

    "I regularly use Gatwick Airport and I think really at the moment it's a disgrace,” he said.

    "It's a national embarrassment when you see all these people coming from the advanced countries in Europe to our Third World station where they have to struggle to stand on a platform that's barely wide enough, with no concourse and no signage in foreign languages.”

    Work is expected to start this year and run until 2022.

  7. Plans to improve Gatwick railway station

    Gatwick Airport railway station

    Plans for major improvements to Gatwick Airport's ageing railway station are expected to be given the go-ahead by Crawley Borough Council.

    An application to build a first-floor concourse and entrance area above platforms 5, 6 and 7 will be considered by the planning committee on Monday.

    The station opened in 1958 and, despite reconstruction and renovation over the years, has found it increasingly difficult to cope with the ever-increasing passenger numbers.

    The application would see platforms 5 and 6 widened, with new lifts and escalators fitted to platforms 3-7.

    The new concourse would have a curved roof, while canopies would also be put up over platforms 3-7.

    Alterations to the land east of the railway line - to include a two-storey 'back of house' building - would mean a public footpath would have to be diverted.

    A report to the planning committee said the work would help to address issues affecting the operation of the station.

  8. Snow and ice warnings remain in place

    Sue Nicholson

    BBC News

    Snow in Seaford

    Met Office weather warnings for snow and ice remain in place across the South East, though by lunchtime temperatures are expected to nudge towards 4C, with any remaining sleet and snow turning to rain.

    Many parts of the region have woken up to snow, with Sussex bearing the brunt.

    Last night, some drivers were forced to abandon their cars on the A259 at Seaford.

    Brighton and Hove Buses also had to cancel all services from about 22:00 GMT.

    Gatwick Airport saw flurries, although it advised passengers it was planning on operating as normal on Friday.

    East Sussex snow

    On the rail network, Southern, Thameslink, and Gatwick Express were expected to run normally, although passengers have been urged to check before they travel in case the conditions impact services.

    However, Southeastern is running its "winter weather" timetable, which has seen 21 trains either cancelled or changed to minimise the impact of ice on the rails.

    South Western Railway said over-running engineering works between Weybridge and Earlsfield could result in some disruption to services up until 11:00 GMT.