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A628 Woodhead Pass

Live Traffic and Weather


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A628 Woodhead Pass
Updated: 9:07am
Last Winter
Closed: 0.00%
Open: 100.00%

Woodhead Pass Open

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

Later Today
A628 due to close 8:00pm

On Pass Traffic
Lay-bys Closed
Multiple Roadworks

Through Traffic M60-M1
M67 EB Roadworks
M67 WB Roadworks
Multiple A616 Roadworks

M60 & M56 to Airport
No Reports

Visitor Parking
Woodhead Pass: Lay-bys Closed
Longdendale Trail: Not Very Busy
Bottoms Reservoir: Not Very Busy 6:33am
Crowden: Not Very Busy 6:34am
Digley Quarry: Not Very Busy 6:15am
Digley Reservoir: Not Very Busy 6:16am
Langsett Barn: Not Very Busy 6:17am
Flouch: Not Very Busy 6:16am
Ramsden Reservoir: Not Very Busy 6:28am
Torside Reservoir: Not Very Busy 6:11am
Winscar Reservoir: Not Very Busy 6:17am
Windleden Reservoir: Not Very Busy 6:18am
Holme Moss: Closed

A628 -v- M62
A628 WB better than M62
A628 EB comparable to M62
Incident: M60 CW

A57 Incident

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

Planned Works

Roadworks and closures are currently planned until Friday 18th December. Scroll down for a full schedule

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


Traffic towards Manchester
M1 to M60

No Westbound Delays

Traffic towards Sheffield
M60 to M1

No Eastbound Delays


Light 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


Dangerous Overtaking

Many of the 30 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months were caused by inappropriate overtaking

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

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 pass should be reported to Highways England on 0300 123 5000, or the Police on 101 if they pose a danger to traffic


A628 Woodhead Pass
Until 6:00am Mon 31st Aug
Roadside drains works

A628 Woodhead Pass
Until 6:00am Fri 31st Jul
Roadside drains works

A628 Woodhead Pass
Until 6:00am Sat 25th Jul
Roadside drains works

A616 Stocksbridge Bypass
Until 3:30pm Fri 24th Jul
Roadworks scheme

A628 Woodhead Closure
8:00pm Today to 6:00am Fri 10th Jul
Roadworks are planned

M67 Motorway
8:00pm Today to 5:00am Wed 8th Jul
Emergency barrier repairs are planned

M67 Motorway
9:00pm Wed 8th Jul to 5:00am Thu 9th Jul
Roadworks scheme is planned

M67 Motorway
8:00pm Thu 9th Jul to 5:00am Sat 11th Jul
Emergency barrier repairs are planned

A628 Woodhead Pass
6:00am Tue 21st Jul to 6:00am Tue 25th Aug
Roadside drains works are planned

A628 Woodhead Pass
6:00am Mon 7th Sep to 6:00am Sat 14th Nov
Roadside drains works are planned

A628 Woodhead Pass
9:30am Mon 7th Sep to 3:30pm Thu 10th Sep
Road repairs are planned

A628 Woodhead Pass
8:00pm Mon 14th Sep to 6:00am Tue 13th Oct
Road repairs are planned

A628 Woodhead Pass
8:00pm Tue 13th Oct to 6:00am Sat 14th Nov
Road repairs are planned

A628 Woodhead Pass
6:00am Mon 16th Nov to 6:00am Fri 18th Dec
Roadside drains works are planned

Good to Know

Road Policing

The Manchester side of the pass (west of Salters Brook Bridge near 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)


We've published 356 traffic reports and 354 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

A628 Woodhead Pass
Gun Inn to Flouch Roundabout

Manchester Connectors

A57 Mottram Moor
Gun Inn to J4/M67

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

Historical Data

Serious Accidents

There have been 30 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months, on average one every 12 days

The last reported accident was 5 days ago

In the past year the pass has closed on 8 occasions due to accidents

Last Closure

The pass was last closed to traffic on Tuesday 7th July


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 not closed due to snow. It has therefore been kept open to traffic for 100.00% of the time

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 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 the purposes of reports on this page, 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). These are strategic start and finish points whenever the pass needs to be closed

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


The pass is used to cross the pennines by - on average - 13724 vehicles per day, 1809 of which are HGVs [2018]

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 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

As a Highways England managed trunk road, we are 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

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

Buried Traffic Sensor


The pass rises to over 1450ft 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

The wind 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

Winter Closures

Contrary to legend, the Woodhead Pass rarely closes due to snow

In 2017/18 the pass was closed on five occasions but kept open for over 97% of the winter. The 'Beast from the East' closed the pass for two and a half days

In 2018/19 it was only closed for two hours due to winter weather

In our experience the pass is only closed when significant difficulties arise and vehicles crash, become stranded or are abandoned

Snow gates are occasionally used to close the pass in winter

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, 36,494 vehicles travel along Mottram Moor, 2382 of which are HGVs [2018]

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