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A57 Snake Pass

Live Traffic and Weather


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A57 Snake Pass
Updated: 10:27am
Last Winter
Closed: 0.01%
Open: 99.99%

Snake Pass Open

Need to Know
A57 Glossop Multi-way Lights
A57 Glossop Sink Hole

On Pass Traffic
Temporary Lights

Through Traffic M60-A61
A57 Incident
M67 EB Roadworks
M67 WB Roadworks
A57 Glossop Temporary Lights
Minor Westbound Delays
Eastbound Delays

M60 & M56 to Airport
No Reports

Visitor Parking
Derwent Dams: Not Very Busy
Ladybower: Not Very Busy
Hollin Bank: Not Very Busy
Mam Tor: Not Very Busy
Hathersage: Fairly Busy
Surprise View: Not Very Busy
Rivelin: Closed

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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Need to Know


Traffic towards Manchester
Sheffield Ring Rd to M60

Minor Westbound Delays

A57 Sheffield
Snake Pass
Woolley Bridge
M67 Motorway

Traffic towards Sheffield
M60 to Sheffield Ring Rd

Eastbound Delays

M67 Motorway
Woolley Bridge
Snake Pass
A57 Sheffield


Heavy Rain this morning
Temperature now ≈ 8°c
Today's Pass Forecast

4:59am A bright, occasionally sunny start to the day with a bit of fair weather cloud developing. However, the cloud will rapidly increase from the west later in the morning, with outbreaks of rain spreading eastwards during the afternoon. Some of the rain will occasionally be heavy, particularly in western parts. The rain is then expected to turn lighter during the evening, along with extensive low cloud and drizzle.


Reports that may result in extra traffic on the pass or influence your onward journey

Motorway Improvement Works

Current Closures: M62


Snake or Woodhead?

The Snake Pass accident rate is 1.5 times higher than the Woodhead Pass

Dangerous Overtaking

Many of the 14 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months were caused by inappropriate overtaking

Remember, if you have to drive all thirteen miles of the pass at just 30mph, the most this will delay you by is around seven minutes

Think Bike!

15 serious bike accidents on Pennine routes in the past month

Safety Cameras

The speed limit on the pass is 50mph

Mobile speed cameras may be on the A57 through Glossop until 8th July

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

Report an injured animal to the police, who will contact the local person best able to help at the roadside. Do not approach injured animals as they may be dangerous. Nearby animals may also try to protect an injured member of their group

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

Good to Know

Planned Trunk Closures

A628 8pm Tue 7 Jul
M60 CW 9pm Wed 22 Jul
M62 WB 8pm Mon 27 Jul
M62 EB 8pm Mon 27 Jul

Data from Highways England, subject to confirmation and last minute changes

Road Policing

Policing the pass is the responsibility of Derbyshire Constabulary, who may be contacted on 101 (or 999 in an emergency)


We've published 372 traffic reports and 368 weather updates so far this week. We don't have the resources to verify these third party reports and apologise for any that may not be 100% accurate

Traffic Reports

A57 Snake Pass
Glossop to Ladybower

Manchester Connectors

Yorkshire Connectors

A57 Sheffield, A6101 Rivelin Valley, A6013 Bamford, A6187 Castleton & Hathersage
No reports

Historical Data

Serious Accidents

There have been 14 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months, on average one every 26 days

The last reported accident was 13 days ago

In the past year the pass has closed on 0 occasions due to accidents

Last Closure

The pass was last closed to traffic on Thursday 27th February


First Snow: Sun 27 Oct 2019
First Ice: Mon 28 Oct 2019

Last Snow: Fri 03 Apr 2020
Last Ice: Thu 14 May 2020


Pass last gritted: Mon 13 Apr 2020

Snow Closures

Over the winter (Nov 19 - Mar 20) the pass has been closed twice for a total of 13 hours due to snow. It has therefore been kept open to traffic for 99.99% of the time

Tue 25 Feb 20:54 (10 hours)
Thu 27 Feb 06:51 (3 hours)

E&OE: We compile these reports from live data automatically received from various organisations such as Inrix, 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

About this Page

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 the purposes or reports on this page, we define the Pass as the section of road between the Royal Oak Inn at Glossop and the Ladybower Reservoir at Ashopton

Always referred to as the Snake Pass, its official name is Snake Road

Snake Pass from Glossop to LadybowerSnake Pass from Glossop to Ladybower


The pass is used to cross the pennines by - on average - 3999 vehicles per day, 137 of which are HGVs [2018]


There is no weight restriction for vehicles, but there is a speed restriction of 50mph between Glossop and Ladybower

A section of the pass alongside Ladybower Reservoir is a clearway

How this page works

Our systems 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 information updated on the page every couple of minutes

The page is fully automated. We don't stand around with a clipboard waiting for something to happen, but we are usually available to respond to traffic reports direct from drivers on the pass


The pass rises to nearly 1700ft at its exposed summit, so it's frequently affected by snow and ice in winter, fog and strong winds all year round

Because travel over the pass is so weather dependent, we take live reports from multiple sources to update drivers about conditions now and in the future

We combine data from the Met Office, highways sensors and independent weather stations, all between Manchester & Sheffield, to keep our pages automatically updated

It is acknowledged that using worst-case scenarios can over-emphasise poor weather, but we feel the advantages of using so many data sources outweigh the occasional exaggeration of current weather conditions

Winter Closures

The Snake Pass has a reputation for closing at first sight of a single snowflake, but this is a complete fallacy

Admittedly, it may seem strange that the pass is closed when both Glossop and Ladybower are basking in winter sunshine. However, conditions on the pass can be completely different just a few hundred feet higher on the exposed, steep & winding sections over the summit

Additionally, as a named transpennine 'A' road, closures are always reported on TV, radio & in the press, while other local closures usually go un-reported

In our experience the pass is rarely closed due to snow until significant difficulties arise and vehicles crash, become stranded or are abandoned

In 2017/18 the pass was closed on fourteen occasions but kept open for over 89% of the winter

In 2018/19 is was closed six times but kept open for nearly 97% of the winter

The pass does close in winter, but not as often as is thought