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A57 Snake Pass

Live traffic conditions now on the A57 Snake Pass

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Page updated: 2:38pm
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Through Traffic Delays

The pass is open, but please see reports which may affect travel this afternoon

Please take care and have a safe journey

Local Events Today

Underneath the Stars festival at Cawthorne. Expect extra traffic around Penistone

Tramlines music festival at Hillsborough Park. Expect extra traffic on A61 in/out of Sheffield

Travelling into Manchester?

Due to a large building fire in Ardwick, Manchester, Higher Ardwick is currently closed from the Apollo Roundabout to Union Street

Accident Risk: Heightened
Take extra care this afternoon

Of the 12 serious accidents we have reported on the Snake Pass in the last 12 months, 41% occured at weekends

The last reported accident on the pass was just 3 days ago

Fire Risk: High
The moorland remains very dry

Despite some rain on Friday the risk of fire remains high

Please continue to take all precautions to prevent moorland fires

Rain is not forecast until Tuesday afternoon

Don't discard glass bottles, or throw cigarette ends out of the window

Campfires and BBQs are currently banned in the Peak District National Park

Temperature ≈ 15°c

Through Traffic Westbound
Delays: Glossop, Brookfield, Woolley Bridge, Hollingworth, Mottram
Glossop > Denton: 39 min
Through Traffic Eastbound
Minor Delays: Mottram, Glossop
Denton > Glossop: 40 min

Sheep & Deer on the Pass

As with all rural roads through open countryside, expect sheep, deer and other wild animals to be on the pass

Accidents involving sheep are covered by s170 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and must be reported to the Police

Dead animals on the Snake should be reported to HPBC on 01298 28400, or the Police on 101 if a danger to traffic

Think Bike!
2 serious bike accidents on pennine routes in the past week

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Safety Cameras
The speed limit on the pass is 50mph
Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership mobile speed cameras will be on the A57 through Glossop on random days until 25th July

Sunset Today
If you're out on the moors, or just don't want to be on the pass after dark, sunset today is around 9:16pm

Today's Pass Forecast
5:09am Largely cloudy and dry, with early patchy hill fog clearing this morning. This afternoon sunny intervals start to develop, followed by sunny spells late afternoon and this evening.

Regional Traffic

Glossop Traffic

Woodhead Pass Traffic

In Detail ...

A57 Snake Pass
Pass Open
Glossop to Ladybower

Manchester Connectors

Yorkshire Connectors

Further Afield

Regional Traffic: Moderate
Accident Rate: Low

Alternative Transpennine Routes

A58 Blackstone Edge (M66 to Halifax)
A58 Heywood Congestion

M62 Motorway (M60-M1)
No reports, traffic flowing well

A62 Standedge/Marsden Moor (M60-M62)
A62 Greenacres, Oldham Congestion
A62 Birstall Congestion

A628 Woodhead Pass (M60-M1)
A57 Mottram Roadworks
Westbound Delays > 16 mins

A50/A38 Uttoxeter (M6-M1)
No reports, traffic flowing well

No current incidents reported on
A672 Rishworth Moor (Oldham-Halifax)
A640 Buckstones (M62-Huddersfield)
A635 Saddleworth Moor (M60-M1)
M62 Motorway (M60-M1)
Rushop Edge/Winnats Pass (Chapel-Castleton)
A623 Peak Forest (Chapel-Baslow)
A6 Bakewell (M60-Derby)
A50 Uttoxeter (M6-M1)

DVSA/VOSA Vehicle Checks
12:01 M25 Cobham
10:32 M25 Dartford
06:31 M9 Stirling

Serious Accidents
There have been 12 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months, on average one every 30 days. The last reported accident was 3 days ago
Last Incident on Thu 19 Jul
Traffic Problem
A57 Snake Pass, Derbyshire
12:00pm 19-Jul - 12:43pm 19-Jul
Slow traffic due to traffic problem both ways on the A57 Snake Pass between Hurst Road, Glossop (Royal Oak) and A6013 Ashopton Road, Bamford (Ladybower Reservoir). Just down from the summit on the Sheffield side
Winter Maintenance
Pass last gritted at 10:50pm on Mon 30 Apr 2018
Snow Closures Winter 17/18

Last winter (Nov-Mar) the pass was closed for 398 hours due to snow. It was been kept open to traffic for 89.02% of the time

Sat 25 Nov 08:54 (6 hours)
Fri 08 Dec 00:35 (17 hours)
Wed 13 Dec 21:33 (3 hours)
Thu 14 Dec 23:00 (13 hours)
Fri 29 Dec 06:11 (15 hours)
Tue 16 Jan 04:11 (4 days)
Fri 19 Jan 05:01 (10 hours)
Sun 21 Jan 11:52 (3 hours)
Thu 01 Feb 06:40 (1 hour)
Sun 11 Feb 12:05 (26 hours)
Tue 27 Feb 06.30 (6 days)
Sat 17 Mar 00.21 (5 hours)
Sat 17 Mar 10.27 (54 hours)
Mon 02 Apr 07.09 (9 hours)

E&OE: We compile these reports from live data automatically received from various organisations such as Elgin, TfGM, Highways England, motoring organisations, Local Authorities, the Met Office & the Police. We are unable to verify the accuracy or timeliness of any third party data or absence thereof. This site is, therefore, for information only

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About this Page

This page is part of Glossop Online's Traffic Section. It provides up to the minute information for anyone planning a journey over the A57 Snake Pass

The Pass: The Snake Pass is a hill pass in the Derbyshire section of the Peak District, crossing the Pennines between Manchester and Sheffield. For our purposes, we define the Pass as the section of road between the Royal Oak Inn at Glossop and the Ladybower Reservoir at Ashopton

Use: The pass is used to cross the pennines by - on average - 4200 vehicles per day, 100 of which are HGVs [2016]

Snake Pass from Glossop to Ladybower
Snake Pass from Glossop to Ladybower

How this page works: Our servers receive live data from various sources about any accidents, roadworks or other disruption throughout the region. This information is processed in real time and relevant reports sent to this page every minute. The page is fully automated - we don't stand around with a clipboard waiting for something to happen! Incidents, accidents and road closures rely on the Police, highways & local authorities reporting these in a timely manner. That said, experience shows most reports come through within just a few minutes

Bad Weather: The pass rises to nearly 1700ft at its exposed summit. It can frequently be affected by ice, snow, fog and strong winds

The pass is frequently closed in winter

When appropriate, we include severe weather warnings on this page and live adverse weather data from nearby weather stations. For advance planning, we also include details of any poor weather over the next few days when this is forecast by the Met Office Mountain Weather Service

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