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A628 Woodhead Pass

Live traffic conditions now on the A628 Woodhead Pass

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Page updated: 4:30am
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The pass is open, but take account of some issues on nearby roads affecting through travel

Have a safe journey this morning

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Localised FOG until ≈ noon

Based on Met Office & Highways weather stations at Woodhead, A616 (Stocksbridge) @ 4:17am

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

Main Transpennine Alternatives

M62 Motorway (M60-M1)
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A57 Snake Pass (M60-Sheffield)
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In Detail ...

A628 Woodhead Pass
Pass Open
Gun Inn to Flouch Roundabout

Manchester Connectors
A57 Mottram Moor
Gun Inn to J4/M67
M67 Motorway
J4 Mottram to J24/M60

Yorkshire Connectors
A628 Penistone
Penistone to Hoylandswaine
Low Bridge 4.1m (13ft 6in)
A616 Stocksbridge Bypass
Flouch to J35a/M1
A61 Tankersley Link
A616 to j36/M1
M1 South Yorkshire
A616 to A628

Weather affected roads

CLOSED, Flooding A5, Gailey

CLOSED, Flooding A5, Rugby

CLOSED, Flooding A5 between A426 & A428, Warwickshire

CLOSED, Flooding A5 between A428 & A426, Warwickshire

Further Afield

Regional Traffic: Light
Accident Rate: Very Low

Serious Accidents
There have been 19 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months, on average one every 19 days
Last Incident on Sat 26 May
A628 Woodhead Pass, Derbyshire
11:04am 26-May - 1:12pm 26-May
Slow traffic and road partially blocked both ways due to an accident on the A628 Woodhead Pass, between A6024 Holme Moss turn off and Dunford Bridge turn off. Near to Saltersbrook Bridge
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 100 hours due to snow. It was kept open to traffic for 97.24% of the time

Wed 13 Dec 22:02 (3 hours)
Tue 26 Dec 09:12 (4 hours)
Tue 16 Jan 21:24 (14 hours)
Wed 28 Feb 23:55 (60 hours)
Sun 18 Mar 02:27 (23 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 A628 Woodhead Pass

The Pass: The Woodhead Pass is one of our major trans-pennine crossings - the main signposted non-motorway route from Manchester to Sheffield and Barnsley. Despite its importance, it remains single-carriageway for virtually its entire length. For our purposes, we define the Pass as the section of road between the Gun Inn traffic lights at Hollingworth (to the west) and the Flouch Inn roundabout at the A616 junction (to the east)

Use: The pass is used to cross the pennines by - on average - 13200 vehicles per day, 1500 of which are HGVs [2016]

Woodhead Pass from the Gun Inn at Hollingwirth to Flouch Inn at Langsett
Woodhead Pass from the Gun Inn to Flouch Inn

The Whole Picture: Woodhead is the main alternative to the M62 trans-pennine motorway, so this page also reports problems on the main A628 feeder routes between the M1 on the Sheffield side (A616, A61) and the M60 on the Manchester side (A57, M67). We'll also tell you about any major motorway incidents to ease your onward journey

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. As a Highways England managed trunk road, we are also able to access data from traffic sensors along the route which allow us to provide up to the minute reports on congestion, queues and travel times

Buried Traffic Sensor

Accuracy: This page is fully automated - we don't stand around with a clipboard waiting for something to happen! Traffic sensor data and travel times are pretty much real time, but can change significantly minute by minute. 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 over 1450ft at its exposed summit. It can frequently be affected by ice, snow, fog and strong winds. The policy (yes, there is a policy) is to close the pass to high sided vehicles when gusts at the Windle Edge weather station reach 50mph & to all vehicles at 60mph. Highways England have installed snow gates which are closed when the road is blocked by snow, as many drivers do tend to ignore the signs and take a chance

Snow gates are used to close the pass 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

The Longdendale Slog: Traffic using the Woodhead Pass joins - and is a major contributor to - the Longdendale Slog, a notorious traffic pinch point around the village of Mottram in Longdendale. On average, 35,600 vehicles travel along Mottram Moor, 2200 of which are HGVs [2016]. From early morning to early evening you will find yourself sat in a queue here, 10 minutes if you are lucky, but well over an hour at peak times. Enyoy the scenery!

The Longdendale Slog at Mottram Moor

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