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A628 Woodhead Pass

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Woodhead Pass
Page updated: 4:36pm

Woodhead Pass Open

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Improvement Works
Through Traffic: Moderate Delays

The pass is open, but take account of the weather

Please take care and have a safe journey this afternoon

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Improvement Works until 27th Nov

Expect temporary traffic lights, lane closures, speed restrictions and convoy working at any time

This week (w/c 19th November) the pass will be closed overnight, Monday to Thursday, from 8pm to 6am

If you are due a tacho break, note that all laybys on the pass, except Val's Cafe, may be closed for use by contractors

Next Planned Closures

A628 Woodhead Pass Mon 19 Nov 8pm
M67 Westbound Mon 19 Nov 8pm

Live data from Highways England, subject to confirmation and last minute changes

Adverse Weather Now

Summit LOW CLOUD until ≈ 6pm

Based on Met Office & Highways weather stations at Woodhead, Holme Moss @ 4:09pm

Adverse Weather Forecast

WINTRY SHOWERS from ≈ 9pm tomorrow
SNOW from ≈ 3am on Tuesday
ICE RISK from ≈ 9pm tomorrow
STRONG WINDS from ≈ noon on Tuesday

Met Office Forecast @ 4:01pm, approximate timings

Today's Pass Forecast

3:47am Chilly at first with any patchy mist, fog, and low cloud clearing in the morning to leave a dry day with largely unbroken sunshine. Remaining dry and mostly clear through evening with patchy fog developing in the valleys and on lower slopes again.

Westbound to Manchester
Minor Delays around Stocksbridge
M1 to M60: 59 min
Eastbound to Sheffield
Delays around M67, Mottram, Stocksbridge
M60 to M1: 1h 8m

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

Evening & Overnight Travel

M1, M60 closures scheduled from 9:00pm

Accident Risk: Heightened

Of the 33 serious accidents we have reported on the Woodhead Pass in the last 12 months, 38% occurred at this time of day (3pm-5pm)

The last reported accident on the pass was just yesterday

Please drive sensibly, not like this ...

Woodhead Pass Dashcam Image

Sheep on the Pass

As with all rural roads through open countryside, expect sheep 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

Dead animals on Woodhead should be reported to Highways England on 0300 123 5000, or the Police on 101 if a danger to traffic

Controlled Burning

Expect to see moorland burning until the controlled burning season ends on 15th April

Detailed Reports

Manchester Connectors

Yorkshire Connectors

A628 Penistone
Penistone to Hoylandswaine
Low Bridge 4.1m (13ft 6in)
A61 Tankersley Link
A616 to j36/M1

Further Afield

DVSA/VOSA Vehicle Checks
13:46 M6 Todhills
09:28 A1(M) Boston Spa

Historical Data

Serious Accidents

There have been 33 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months, on average one every 11 days

Last Incident on Sat 17 Nov

A628 Woodhead Pass, Hollingworth
12:38pm 17-Nov - 4:24pm 17-Nov
A628 Market Street both ways partially blocked, very slow traffic due to accident, lorry involved from A57 Mottram Moor (Gun Inn Traffic Lights) to Green Lane. Approach with care. Lorry is being reported to have gone into a brick wall.

Winter Maintenance

Pass last gritted at 10:00pm on Thu 01 Nov 2018

Snow Closures Winter 18/19

This winter (Nov-Mar) the pass has been closed for 0 hours due to snow. It has been kept open to traffic for 100% of the time

Snow Closures Winter 17/18

Last winter (Nov-Mar) the pass was closed for 100 hours due to snow. It was kept open to traffic for 97.24% of the time

Wed 13 Dec 22:02 (3 hours)
Tue 26 Dec 09:12 (4 hours)
Tue 16 Jan 21:24 (14 hours)
Wed 28 Feb 23:55 (60 hours)
Sun 18 Mar 02:27 (23 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

Part of Glossop Online's Traffic Section, this page provides the latest information for anyone planning a journey over the A628 Woodhead Pass

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 our purposes, 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)


The pass is used to cross the pennines by - on average - 12787 vehicles per day, 1604 of which are HGVs [2017]

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

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 servers 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 reports sent to this page every minute. As a Highways England managed trunk road, we are also 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

Buried Traffic Sensor


This page is fully automated - we don't stand around with a clipboard waiting for something to happen! Traffic sensor data and travel times are pretty much real time, but can change significantly minute by minute. Incidents, accidents and road closures rely on the Police, highways & local authorities reporting these in a timely manner. That said, experience shows most reports come through within just a few minutes

Bad Weather:

The pass rises to over 1450ft at its exposed summit. It can frequently be affected by ice, snow, fog and strong winds. The 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

Snow gates are used to close the pass in winter

When appropriate, we include severe weather warnings on this page and live adverse weather data from nearby weather stations. For advance planning, we also include details of any poor weather over the next few days when this is forecast by the Met Office Mountain Weather Service

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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