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A628 Woodhead Pass
Updated: 6:18am
This Winter
Closed: 0.06%
Open: 99.94%

Woodhead Pass Open


Improvement Works
Latest at 6:16 this morning
A628: Temp Lights & Queues
A616: Temp Lights & Minor Delays

Weather Latest
Mist and Fog

Traffic Latest
Minor Westbound Delays
Minor Eastbound Delays

Airport Latest
M56 due to close 8:00pm

The pass is open, but take account of the weather

Please take care and have a safe journey this morning

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

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Adverse Weather Now

Widespread FOG
Until ≈ 6pm

Based on Met Office, Highways and independent weather stations located at Woodhead, Langsett, Holme Moss, Summit @ 5:59am

Adverse Weather Forecast

ICE RISK from ≈ 6am on Saturday

Based on Met Office amalgamated forecasts for Hattersley, Hollingworth, Glossop, Crowden, Holme Moss, Bleaklow, Howden Moor, Penistone and Stocksbridge. Updated at 5:49am, start times are approximations

Today's Pass Forecast

3:52am Cloudy with areas of fog at first today. The cloud will gradually lift this morning, becoming brighter this afternoon with many hills clear. Some sunshine may break through at times this afternoon, particularly in the east of the park. Cloud will lower again overnight.

Need to Know

Safety Improvement Works

Various works are underway to improve safety along the A628, A616 & A61 trunk road corridor, now expected to continue into the summer months

Traffic signs, footpath, drainage and road markings are being updated along the whole route

A new right hand turn outside the Dog and Partridge pub is being constructed

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

Carriageway improvements are being made between Wentworth and the M1

Latest Updates

A628/A616: Lane closures at the Flouch roundabout

A628: Works continue 24/7 between the summit and Flouch at the Dog & Partridge

A616: Works continue 24/7 between Wentworth & the M1

Short term works are not pre-announced and may pop up at any time

Announced Closures

M56 WB 8pm Thu 21 Mar (for Airport)


Traffic towards Manchester
M1 to M60

Minor Westbound Delays
Usual for this time of day
1 hour 9 minutes
A616 Stocksbridge
Up to Summit
M67 Motorway

Traffic towards Sheffield
M60 to M1

Minor Eastbound Delays
Usual for this time of day
1 hour 13 minutes
M67 Motorway
Down from Summit
A616 Stocksbridge


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

Matches & Events Today

Mobile Rocket Stadium & Event City

Evening & Overnight Travel

M6, M1, M602, M62, M56 closures from 8:00pm


Dangerous Overtaking

Many of the 41 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months were caused by 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

Safety Cameras

Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership mobile speed cameras will be on Manchester Road, Tintwistle, on random days until 27th March

Deep Pot Holes

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

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

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)

Traffic Reports

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)
A61 Tankersley Link
A616 to j36/M1
M1 South Yorkshire
A616 to A628

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 8 days ago

Last Incident on Wed 13 Mar

A628 Woodhead Pass, Derbyshire
4:10am 13-Mar - 7:08am 13-Mar
A628 Woodhead Pass, Derbyshire, partially blocked due to accident near B6105 (Glossop Turn Off)

Last Closure

The pass was last closed to traffic on Tuesday 12th March

Winter Maintenance

Pass last gritted on Sunday 17th March

Snow Closures Winter 18/19

So far this winter (Nov-Mar) the pass has closed just once due to snow. It has 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

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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