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A628 Woodhead Pass
Updated: 10:39am
This Winter
Closed: 0.00%
Open: 100.00%

Woodhead Pass Open

Weather Now
Poor Visibility

Later Today
Strong Winds > 54 mph
A61 due to close 8:00pm

Winter Outlook
Wintry ≈ 1am on Thursday
Icy ≈ 1am on Thursday

Through Traffic M60-M1
A57 Mottram Roadworks
A616 3 x Roadworks
Minor Westbound Delays
Minor Eastbound Delays

On Pass Traffic
M60 & M56 to Airport
No Reports

A628 -v- M62
A628 WB comparable to M62
A628 EB comparable to M62
Accident: M60 ACW
Incident: M60 ACW

Tomorrow
Strong Winds > 49 mph
Roadworks from 9:30am

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

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Need to Know

Planned Works

Roadworks and closures are currently planned until Monday 1st March. Scroll down for a full schedule

Planned Trunk Closures

M67 EB 9pm Mon 25 Jan
M67 WB 9pm Mon 25 Jan
A616 8pm Mon 25 Jan
A61 8pm Tue 19 Jan
M62 WB 8pm Wed 20 Jan
M62 EB 9pm Thu 21 Jan
Data from Highways England, subject to confirmation and last minute changes


Delays

Traffic towards Manchester
M1 to M60

Minor Westbound Delays
1 hour 2 minutes
12% v Usual Delays

Travel times at 10:27. Delays compared with average for this time of day on a Tuesday morning

A616 Stocksbridge
Woodhead Pass
Mottram
M67 Motorway

Traffic towards Sheffield
M60 to M1

Minor Eastbound Delays
1 hour 3 minutes
39% v Usual Delays

Travel times at 10:27. Delays compared with average for this time of day on a Tuesday morning

M67 Motorway
Mottram
Woodhead Pass
A616 Stocksbridge


Weather

Heavy Rain this morning
Temperature now ≈ 5°c

Met Office: High probability of disruptive heavy rain today

Adverse Weather Forecast

HEAVY SNOW ≈ 1am on Thursday
ICE RISK ≈ 1am on Thursday
SEVERE ICE RISK –7°c ≈ 3am on Saturday
STRONG WINDS >54 mph ≈ noon today

Based on Met Office amalgamated forecasts for Hattersley, Hollingworth, Glossop, Crowden, Holme Moss, Bleaklow, Howden Moor, Penistone and Stocksbridge. Updated at 10:13am

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

Today's Pass Forecast

3:49am Heavy, persistent rain is expected throughout the day with low cloud across the area. Streams will become full and paths very wet with water running down them.


Regional

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

Evening & Overnight Travel

M6, M1, M18, A61 closures from 8:00pm


Safety

Dangerous Overtaking

Many of the 15 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

Think Bike!

9 serious bike accidents on Pennine routes in the past month

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


Roadworks

A57 Mottram
Until 4:00pm Wed 20th Jan
Emergency roadworks

A616 Stocksbridge Bypass
Until 3:30pm Mon 1st Mar
Roadworks scheme

A616 Stocksbridge Bypass
Until 3:30pm Today
Roadworks

A616 Stocksbridge Bypass
8:00pm Today to 6:00am Sun 24th Jan
Roadworks are planned

M67 Motorway
8:30pm Today to 5:00am Wed 20th Jan
Emergency barrier repairs are planned

A616 Stocksbridge Bypass
9:30am Wed 20th Jan to 3:30pm Wed 20th Jan
Roadworks are planned

A628 Woodhead Pass
9:30am Wed 20th Jan to 6:00am Wed 27th Jan
Roadside drains works are planned

A616 Stocksbridge Bypass
9:30am Wed 20th Jan to 3:30pm Fri 22nd Jan
Roadworks are planned

A616 Stocksbridge Bypass
8:00pm Wed 20th Jan to 6:00am Sat 23rd Jan
Roadside drains works are planned

A616 Stocksbridge Bypass
9:30am Thu 21st Jan to 3:30pm Fri 22nd Jan
Roadworks are planned

A616 Stocksbridge Closure
8:00pm Mon 25th Jan to 6:00am Thu 28th Jan
Roadworks are planned

M67 Motorway
9:00pm Mon 25th Jan to 5:00am Wed 27th Jan
Horticultural works are planned

M67 Motorway Closure
9:00pm Mon 25th Jan to 5:00am Wed 27th Jan
Horticultural works are planned

M67 Motorway Closure
9:30pm Mon 25th Jan to 5:00am Wed 27th Jan
Horticultural works are planned

M67 Motorway
9:30pm Mon 25th Jan to 5:00am Wed 27th Jan
Horticultural works are planned


Good to Know

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

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)

Accuracy

We've published 438 traffic reports and 388 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 15 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months, on average one every 24 days

In the past year the pass has closed on 4 occasions due to accidents

Last Closure

The pass was last closed to traffic on Saturday 7th November

Winter

First Snow: Thu 03 Dec 2020
First Ice: Thu 19 Nov 2020

Last Snow: Mon 18 Jan 2021
Last Ice: Sun 17 Jan 2021

Gritting

Pass last gritted: Sun 17 Jan 2021

Snow Closures

Over the winter (Nov 20-Mar 21) 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

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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 Roundabout

Use

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

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 new summit 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, and not at all in 2019/20

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
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