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A628 Woodhead Pass

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A628 Woodhead Pass
Updated: 5:57pm
This Winter
Closed: 0.00%
Open: 100.00%


Saturday 4th April
UK Deaths:
Last 24 hours:

Peak District
Driving into the area for daily exercise contravenes the current ban on non-essential travel. Police enforcement is in operation

A628 Woodhead Pass

High Moorland Fire Risk
Observe Fire Precautions

On Pass Traffic
Extra Biker Traffic

Through Traffic M60-M1
No Reports

Increased Accident Risk
Weekends: 35%

Strong Winds > 47 mph

The pass is open, have a safe journey this afternoon

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If there's something happening on the pass that needs sharing here, please let us know

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Need to Know

Parking on the Pass

Please park OFF the carriageway
Don't block gates or access roads
Watch out for soft verges

What appear to be unused gates and tracks are often used by Mountain Rescue to access the moors. Do not block them

It's an offence to PARK on the carriageway where the road is marked with central double white lines, even if the broken white line is on your side of the road

Planned Works

Roadworks and closures are currently planned until Thursday 9th April. Scroll down for a full schedule

Next Closures

M62 WB 8pm Mon 6 Apr

High Moorland Fire Risk

The last significant rainfall on the pass was on 18th March. No rain for 17 days means the moorland is tinder dry and very easily ignited

Winds, currently gusting around 27 mph, would result in even a small fire spreading rapidly

There is no rain in the forecast for at least another five days

Please take all necessary precautions to prevent the start of wildfires:

Don't start fires, discard glass bottles or throw cigarette ends out of the window

Campfires & BBQs are currently banned in the Peak District National Park

Don't block gates, lanes or tracks leading to moorland. These are essential access points for emergency vehicles


Traffic towards Manchester
M1 to M60

No Westbound Delays

Traffic towards Sheffield
M60 to M1

No Eastbound Delays

Manchester Airport

Flights at Manchester International Airportare severely disrupted because of the COVID 19 outbreak. Many airlines are cancelling a lot, if not all, flights because of travel restrictions around the world. Do not travel to the airport unless the airline confirms the flight will operate. The government say to avoid all but absolutely essential travel. Easyjet have cancelled all of their flights until further notice.


Overcast this afternoon
Temperature now ≈ 7°c

Adverse Weather Forecast

STRONG WINDS ≈ 9am tomorrow

Based on Met Office amalgamated forecasts for Hattersley, Hollingworth, Glossop, Crowden, Holme Moss, Bleaklow, Howden Moor, Penistone and Stocksbridge. Updated at 5:40pm

Start times are approximations and are likely to change as the forecast develops

Pass Forecast

1:33pm A windy start with strong southerlies and embedded gales, especially about the summits. Skies will be generally clear with plenty of sunny spells. Cloud will develop late evening together with scattered rain, turning heavy at times.


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

Motorway Improvement Works

Current Closures: M4


Think Bike!

Extra biker traffic on the pass this afternoon

14 serious bike accidents on Pennine routes in the past month

Increased Accident Risk

Of the 39 serious accidents we have reported on the Woodhead Pass in the last 12 months, 35% occurred at weekends

Most accidents on the pass are the result of 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

Please drive sensibly, not like this ...

Woodhead Pass Dashcam Image

Deep Pot Holes

Some deep and damaging pot holes have developed along the whole length of the pass during the recent bad weather

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

Sunset Today

If you're out on the moors, or just don't want to be on the pass after dark, sunset today is around 7:45pm


M67 Motorway
Until 5:00am Wed 8th Apr
Roadworks scheme

M67 Motorway Closure
8:30pm Today to 5:00am Wed 8th Apr
Roadworks are planned

A628 Woodhead Pass
9:00am Mon 6th Apr to 4:00pm Mon 6th Apr
Emergency roadworks are planned

A628 Woodhead Pass
8:00pm Mon 6th Apr to 6:00am Thu 9th Apr
Roadworks 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 927 traffic reports and 1468 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
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

Historical Data

Serious Accidents

There have been 39 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months, on average one every 9 days

The last reported accident was 17 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 Thursday 20th February


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

Last Snow: Fri 03 Apr 2020
Last Ice: Fri 03 Apr 2020


Pass last gritted: Fri 03 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 - 12787 vehicles per day, 1604 of which are HGVs [2017]

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, 36,261 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