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A628 Woodhead Pass

Live traffic conditions now on the A628 Woodhead Pass

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Page updated: 2:35pm
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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 26 serious accidents we have reported on the Woodhead Pass in the last 12 months, 57% occured at weekends

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

Westbound to Manchester
Delays around Stocksbridge, Hollingworth, Mottram, M67
M1 to M60: 1h 11m
Eastbound to Sheffield
Minor Delays around Mottram, Stocksbridge
M60 to M1: 1h 1m

Routine maintenance by Highways England is planned for the pass today. Expect mobile temporary lights or stop/go boards anytime up to 3:30pm

Sheep on the Pass

As with all rural roads through open countryside, expect sheep 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 Woodhead should be reported to Highways England on 0300 123 5000, 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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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.

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In Detail ...

A628 Woodhead Pass
Gun Inn to Flouch Roundabout

Manchester Connectors

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

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

A640 Buckstones (M60-Huddersfield)
A640 Milnrow Congestion

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

A57 Snake Pass (M60-Sheffield)
A57 Mottram Roadworks
Westbound Delays > 13 mins
Eastbound Delays > 10 mins

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

No current incidents reported on
A672 Rishworth Moor (Oldham-Halifax)
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 26 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months, on average one every 14 days. The last reported accident was 17 days ago
Last Incident on Wed 04 Jul
A628 Woodhead Pass, South Yorkshire
5:47pm 04-Jul - 6:36pm 04-Jul
Slow traffic and road partially blocked due to accident both ways on the A628 Woodhead Pass between Windle Edge (Dunford Bridge turn off) and A616 (Flouch Roundabout). On the summit
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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