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A628 Woodhead Pass
Updated: 5:43pm
Last Winter
Closed: 0.06%
Open: 99.94%

Woodhead Pass Open

High Moorland Fire Risk
Take Precautions to Prevent Fire

Improvement Works at 5:40pm
Where: Valehouse & Flouch
What: Temp Lights, Queues

Through Traffic
Minor Westbound Delays
Minor Eastbound Delays
Extra Biker Traffic

Airport
No reports M60, M56

Increased Accident Risk
Weekends: 56%
Last Accident: 3 Days Ago

The pass is open, have a safe journey this afternoon

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

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Need to Know

High Moorland Fire Risk

The moorland remains tinder dry and very easily ignited

Despite some rain on the pass on Saturday the risk of fire remains high

Although there is some rain in the forecast today, the risk level remains high until the impact has been assessed

Please continue to 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

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

Campfires & BBQs are currently banned in the Peak District National Park and controlled burning ceased on the 15th April

Safety Improvement Works

Various works are underway to improve safety on the pass

a: traffic signs, footpath, drainage and road markings are being updated along the whole route

b: a new right hand turn outside the Dog and Partridge pub is being constructed

c: new pedestrian crossing points are being installed to improve access for people using the Barnsley Boundary Walk

d: structural repairs are needed alongside Valehouse Reservoir just east of Tintwistle

Current Roadworks

Temporary lights at Valehouse Reservoir until 7th June

Temporary traffic lights at the Dog & Partridge until 28th June


Delays

Traffic towards Manchester
M1 to M60

Minor Westbound Delays
Usual for this time of day
1 hour 5 minutes

A616 Stocksbridge
Crowden
Mottram
M67 Motorway

Traffic towards Sheffield
M60 to M1

Minor Eastbound Delays
Usual for this time of day
1 hour 7 minutes

M67 Motorway
Mottram
Crowden
A616 Stocksbridge


Weather

Cloudy this afternoon
Temperature now ≈ 10°c
Pass Forecast

3:51pm A rather cloudy start to the day with cloud expected to cover summits with chance of mist in valleys for a time around dawn. During the morning turning brighter with sunny spells. A few showers developing by the afternoon, and these may turn rather heavy giving a low risk of lightning. Winds mostly light. from the northwest, but brisker across summits for the afternoon. Cloud perhaps clearing during the evening with showers dying out.


Regional

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

Motorway Improvement Works

Current Closures: M54, M48

Events Today

Great Manchester Run & Tatton Park


Safety

Think Bike!

Extra biker traffic on the pass this afternoon

12 serious bike accidents on pennine routes in the past month

Increased Accident Risk

Of the 41 serious accidents we have reported on the Woodhead Pass in the last 12 months, 56% occurred at weekends

The last reported accident on the pass was just 3 days ago

Most accidents on the pass are the result of inappropriate overtaking

If you have to drive the whole length of the pass at just 30mph, the most you will be delayed by is around seven minutes

Please drive sensibly, not like this ...

Woodhead Pass Dashcam Image

Safety Cameras

Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership mobile speed cameras will be on Manchester Road, Tintwistle, on random days until 22nd May

Deep Pot Holes

Some deep and damaging pot holes have developed along the whole length of the pass over the winter

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, as young deer disperse and increasingly cross roads to look for their own territories. 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 an injured animal as it may be dangerous

Dead animals on Woodhead should be reported to Highways England on 0300 123 5000, or the Police on 101 if 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 9:03pm


Good to Know

Road Policing

The Manchester side of the pass (west of Salters Brook Bridge and 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)




Individual Reports

Manchester Connectors

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 41 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months, on average one every 8 days

The last reported accident was 3 days ago

In the last 12 months the pass has been closed on 14 occasions due to accidents

Last Closure

The pass was last closed to traffic on Sunday 21st April

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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