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A628 Woodhead Pass
Updated: 6:09am
Last Winter
Closed: 0.06%
Open: 99.94%

Woodhead Pass Open

Reopened 2:05am Fri 18th Oct

Road closed signs are still being displayed in error on some approaches to the pass


Weather
Low Cloud

Later Today
A628 due to close 8:00pm
M67 EB due to close 8:00pm
A616 Roadworks from 8:00pm

On Pass Traffic
No Reports

Through Traffic M60-M1
No Reports

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

M60 & M56 to Airport
No Reports

The pass is open, but take account of the weather. Please take care and have a safe journey this morning

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Weather

Adverse Weather Now

Summit LOW CLOUD
Until ≈ noon

Based on Met Office, Highways and independent weather stations located at Woodhead, Langsett, Langsett Moor, Summit @ 5:42am

Today's Pass Forecast

3:56am An improving day with early showers decaying by late morning with bright spells upgrading to prolonged periods of autumnal sunshine for the afternoon. Dry with clear spells during the evening.


Need to Know

Roadworks Highlights

Weeknight closures are scheduled each Monday to Thursday evening from 8pm to 6am until 15th November. Closures are between the A57 Gun Inn traffic lights and A616 Flouch roundabout, with no access from the B6105 (Torside), A6024 (Holme Moss) and Windle Edge (Dunford Bridge) roads

Planned Works

A628 Woodhead Closures
8:00pm Today to 6:00am Fri 15th Nov
Road repairs are planned
20:00 on 17 October to 06:00 on 18 October
20:00 to 06:00 from 21 October to 25 October
20:00 to 06:00 from 28 October to 1 November
20:00 to 06:00 from 6 November to 8 November

M67 Motorway Closures
8:00pm Today to 6:00am Wed 23rd Oct
Roadside drains works are planned
20:00 on 21 October to 06:00 on 22 October
23:45 on 22 October to 06:00 on 23 October

M67 Motorway Closure
10:00pm Tue 22nd Oct to 5:00am Wed 23rd Oct
Roadworks are planned

M67 Motorway Closure
10:00pm Tue 22nd Oct to 6:00am Thu 24th Oct
Roadside drains works are planned

M67 Motorway Closure
10:00pm Wed 23rd Oct to 5:00am Thu 24th Oct
Roadworks are planned

More roadworks and closures are planned until Friday 15th November. Scroll down for a full schedule

Next Closures

A628 8pm Mon 21 Oct
M67 EB 8pm Mon 21 Oct
M67 WB 10pm Tue 22 Oct
M62 WB 8pm Mon 21 Oct
M62 EB 8pm Mon 21 Oct


Delays

Refuse collection vehicles often cause long tailbacks through Tintwistle, Hollingworth & Mottram at this time on a Monday morning

Traffic towards Manchester
M1 to M60

No Westbound Delays

Traffic towards Sheffield
M60 to M1

No Eastbound Delays

Regional

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

Matches & Events Today

Bramall Lane & Pontefract Racecourse

Evening & Overnight Travel

M6, A628, M18, M621, M602, M1, M62, M67, M56 closures from 8:00pm


Safety

Dangerous Overtaking

Many of the 42 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

Deer-related vehicle accidents peak at this time of year, during the rutting season. Deer are more likely to be encountered around dawn and after sunset, particularly on wooded stretches of the pass alongside the Longdendale reservoirs

Sheep must be expected at any time of the year

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


Roadworks

Announced Schedule

A628 Woodhead Closures
8:00pm Today to 6:00am Fri 15th Nov
Road repairs are planned
20:00 on 17 October to 06:00 on 18 October
20:00 to 06:00 from 21 October to 25 October
20:00 to 06:00 from 28 October to 1 November
20:00 to 06:00 from 6 November to 8 November

A616 Stocksbridge Bypass
8:00pm Today to 6:00am Thu 31st Oct
Roadworks are planned
20:00 to 06:00 from 21 October to 26 October
20:00 to 06:00 from 28 October to 31 October

M67 Motorway
8:00pm Today to 6:00am Wed 23rd Oct
Roadside drains works are planned
20:00 on 21 October to 06:00 on 22 October
23:45 on 22 October to 06:00 on 23 October

M67 Motorway Closures
8:00pm Today to 6:00am Wed 23rd Oct
Roadside drains works are planned
20:00 on 21 October to 06:00 on 22 October
23:45 on 22 October to 06:00 on 23 October

M67 Motorway
8:00pm Today to 6:00am Fri 25th Oct
Roadside drains works are planned
20:00 on 21 October to 06:00 on 22 October
21:00 to 06:00 from 22 October to 24 October
20:00 on 24 October to 06:00 on 25 October

M67 Motorway Closure
10:00pm Tue 22nd Oct to 5:00am Wed 23rd Oct
Roadworks are planned

M67 Motorway Closure
10:00pm Tue 22nd Oct to 6:00am Thu 24th Oct
Roadside drains works are planned

M67 Motorway Closure
10:00pm Wed 23rd Oct to 5:00am Thu 24th Oct
Roadworks are planned

M67 Motorway
8:00pm Thu 24th Oct to 6:00am Fri 25th Oct
Roadside drains works are planned

A628 Woodhead Pass
8:00pm Fri 25th Oct to 6:00am Sat 2nd Nov
Road repairs are planned
20:00 on 25 October to 06:00 on 26 October
20:00 on 1 November to 06:00 on 2 November


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)

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Individual 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
Motorways

Historical Data

Serious Accidents

There have been 42 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months, on average one every 8 days

The last reported accident was 65 days ago

In the past year the pass has closed on 14 occasions due to accidents

Last Closure

The pass was last closed to traffic on Friday 18th October

Winter

First Winter Snow: Tue 20 Nov 2018
Last Winter Snow: Fri 10 May 2019

First Winter Ice: Tue 20 Nov 2018
Last Winter Ice: Fri 10 May 2019

Gritting

Pass last gritted: Sat 04 May 2019

Snow Closures

Over the winter (Nov 18 - Mar 19) the pass has closed just once due to snow. It has therefore been kept open to traffic for 99.94% of the time

Tue 12 Mar 11:45 (2 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

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

Use

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

Weather

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
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