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A628 Woodhead Pass

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Woodhead Pass
Page updated: 5:02am

Woodhead Pass Open


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Ice Risk
Mist and Fog

Pass has been Gritted

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Minor WB Delays
Minor EB Delays
Note M62 closure

The pass is open, but take account of the weather

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Adverse Weather Now

Widespread ICE RISK
Road Surface Temp: –2.5°c
Falling to –7°c by 6am on Wednesday
Air Temp: ≈ 0°c

Extended Cold Spell
Temperatures (RST) on the pass are not forecast to rise above zero for at least another five days

FOG until ≈ 3am tomorrow

Based on Met Office, Highways and independent weather stations located at Woodhead, Langsett, Holme Moss, Salters Brook, A616 (Stocksbridge), Summit @ 4:47am

NB: The road surface temperature will generally be a few degrees colder than the air temperature shown on your dashboard or broadcast in weather forecasts

Adverse Weather Forecast

SNOW from ≈ 9pm tomorrow
HEAVY SNOW from ≈ 1am on Tuesday

Met Office Forecast @ 4:33am, approximate timings


Started: 1:53am
Completed: 3:43am

Remember, gritting does not guarantee there will be no ice on the pass

Secondary treatments are continuing

Tomorrow's Pass Forecast

5:19pm Cloudy with patchy light rain and summit snow flurries overnight. Then a cloudy start but sunny spells developing through the late morning and afternoon before increasing cloud brings patchy mainly light rain, sleet and, on the higher summits, snow for a time in the evening.

Westbound to Manchester
Minor WB Delays
Usual for this time of day
1 hour 2 minutes
A616 Stocksbridge
Up to Summit
Down from Summit
M67 Motorway
Eastbound to Sheffield
Minor EB Delays
Usual for this time of day
56 minutes
M67 Motorway
Up to Summit
Down from Summit
A616 Stocksbridge

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

Motorway Improvement Works

Current Closures: M62, M23

Matches & Events Today

Event City & John Smith Stadium

Dangerous Overtaking

Many of the 38 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months were caused by inappropriate overtaking

If you have to drive the whole length of the pass at just 30mph, the most you will be delayed by is around seven minutes

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

Controlled Burning

Expect to see moorland burning until the controlled burning season ends on 15th April

If you see attended moorland fires, do not dial 999. If you are concerned, please contact 01332 861800 instead

Open/Closed Signs

Manually operated open/closed signs at fixed locations on the A628 at Tintwistle and on the A57 & A6018 Tameside approach roads have not been in use for many years and should be disregarded

Media announcements, electronic signs, portable road closed barriers and/or manned closure points are now used to indicate the pass is closed. Additionally, snow gates over the summit may be locked shut during prolonged periods of bad weather

Live data feeds from relevant authorities ensure that this page always shows the official open/closed status of the pass. It was last closed on Monday 31st December

Road Policing

The Manchester side of the pass (west of Salters Brook Bridge and the Dunford Bridge turn off) is the responsibility of Derbyshire Constabulary, whilst the Sheffield side is policed by South Yorkshire Police. Dial 101 to contact either (or 999 in an emergency)

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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

Further Afield

Historical Data

Serious Accidents

There have been 38 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months, on average one every 9 days

Last Incident on Fri 18 Jan

Hazardous Conditions
A628 Woodhead Pass, Flouch
5:12pm 18-Jan - 9:26pm 18-Jan
Hazardous driving conditions due to snow on A628 Woodhead Pass between A57 (Gun Inn Traffic Lights) and A616 (Flouch Roundabout). Approach with care.

Last Closure

The pass was last closed to traffic on Monday 31st December

Snow Closures Winter 18/19

This winter (Nov-Mar) the pass has been closed for 0 hours due to snow. It has been kept open to traffic for 100% of the time

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

Part of Glossop Online's Traffic Section, this page provides the latest 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 Roundabout at the A616 junction (to the east)


The pass is used to cross the pennines by - on average - 12787 vehicles per day, 1604 of which are HGVs [2017]

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

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


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, 36,261 vehicles travel along Mottram Moor, 2350 of which are HGVs [2017]. 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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