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A628 Woodhead Pass
Updated: 6:16pm
This Winter
Closed: 0.00%
Open: 100.00%

Woodhead Pass Open

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Weather Now
Skid Risk
Summit Low Cloud

Met Office Warnings: Fog
Gritting in Progress

Winter Watch
Icy ≈ 9pm today

Through Traffic M60-M1
A616 Roadworks
Westbound Delays
Minor Eastbound Delays

M60 & M56 to Airport
Some Flight Disruption

On Pass Traffic
No Reports

A628 -v- M62
A628 WB comparable to M62
A628 EB comparable to M62

Tomorrow
Strong Winds Forecast

Can you update us?

Despite the forecast, we have no reports of any significant problems travelling over the pass this evening

If conditions change, or something else needs sharing here, please let us know

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Weather

Highways England Gritting

In Progress: M67 to A616
Updated: 6:09pm

Adverse Weather Now

Summit LOW CLOUD
Until ≈ 3am tomorrow

Based on Met Office, Highways and independent weather stations located at Woodhead, Langsett, Hollingworth, Summit @ 6:02pm

Adverse Weather Forecast

ICE RISK ≈ 9pm today
STRONG WINDS >45 mph ≈ noon tomorrow

Based on Met Office amalgamated forecasts for Hattersley, Hollingworth, Glossop, Crowden, Holme Moss, Bleaklow, Howden Moor, Penistone and Stocksbridge. Updated at 5:51pm

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

Tomorrow's Pass Forecast

3:46pm Fog patches forming in valleys overnight, with clear spells and a frost in places, but rather a lot of high cloud. Then a chilly start with patchy fog in valleys, but generally dry and bright with some hazy sunshine. High cloud tending to break up by the afternoon to leave longer sunny spells. Then clear periods in evening with patchy fog returning


Need to Know

Safety Cameras

The location of mobile safety camera vans is being withheld from publication this month

Planned Works

Roadworks are currently planned until Saturday 8th February. Scroll down for a full schedule

Next Closures

M56 WB 9pm Mon 20 Jan


Delays

Traffic towards Manchester
M1 to M60

Westbound Delays
1 hour 10 minutes
111% v Usual Delays

Travel times at 6:06pm. Delays compared with average for this time of day on a Sunday evening

A616 Stocksbridge
Woodhead Pass
Mottram
M67 Motorway

Traffic towards Sheffield
M60 to M1

Minor Eastbound Delays
1 hour 1 minutes
36% v Usual Delays

Travel times at 6:06pm. Delays compared with average for this time of day on a Sunday evening

M67 Motorway
Mottram
Woodhead Pass
A616 Stocksbridge

Manchester Airport

Delays and cancellations to/from Manchester International Airport due to visibility. Passengers should check the status of their flight before travelling..


Regional

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

Motorway Improvement Works

Current Closures: M4

Events Today

Event City


Safety

Dangerous Overtaking

Many of the 39 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

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


Roadworks

A616 Stocksbridge Bypass
Until 11:59pm Mon 20th Jan
Emergency barrier repairs

M67 Motorway
Until 5:00pm Mon 20th Jan
Litter clearance

A628 Woodhead Pass
9:30am Tue 21st Jan to 3:30pm Tue 21st Jan
Roadworks are planned

A628 Woodhead Pass
9:30am Wed 22nd Jan to 3:30pm Wed 22nd Jan
Roadworks 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)




Traffic Reports

A628 Woodhead Pass
Gun Inn to Flouch Roundabout

Manchester Connectors

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

In the past year the pass has closed on 9 occasions due to accidents

Last Closure

The pass was last closed to traffic on Sunday 12th January

Winter

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

Last Winter Snow: Fri 17 Jan 2020
Last Winter Ice: Sun 19 Jan 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 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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