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A628 Woodhead Pass
Updated: 1:14pm
Last Winter
Closed: 0.06%
Open: 99.94%

Woodhead Pass Open

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Weather
Heavy Rain

Later Today
A616 due to close 8:00pm

On Pass Traffic
No Reported Delays

Through Traffic M60-M1
A616 Temporary Lights
Westbound Delays
Minor Eastbound Delays

A628 v M62 Delays
A628 WB comparable to M62
A628 EB comparable to M62

M60 & M56 to Airport
No Reports

Increased Accident Risk
Time of Day: 27%
Last Accident: 2 Days Ago

Tomorrow
A628 Roadworks from 8:00pm

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

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Weather

Adverse Weather Now

HEAVY RAIN

Based on Met Office, Highways and independent weather stations located at Woodhead, Langsett, Glossop @ 12:31pm

Adverse Weather Forecast

HAIL SHOWERS from ≈ 6pm today

Based on Met Office amalgamated forecasts for Hattersley, Hollingworth, Glossop, Crowden, Holme Moss, Bleaklow, Howden Moor, Penistone and Stocksbridge. Updated at 12:23pm, start times are approximations

Today's Pass Forecast

4:39am There will be some patchy cloud covering summits around dawn, mainly in the west of the Park, with some isolated showers possible. It will then be another rather breezy day with sunny spells and a chance of showers. These may be heavy, with a low risk of lightning. It will be breezy, especially across summits, and here it will feel chilly.


Need to Know

Planned Works

A616 Stocksbridge Closure
8:00pm Today to 6:00am Thu 22nd Aug
Road repairs are planned

More roadworks and closures are planned from Tuesday 20th August until Saturday 7th September. Scroll down for a full schedule

Next Closures

A616 8pm Mon 19 Aug


Delays

Traffic towards Manchester
M1 to M60

Westbound Delays
81% v Usual Delays
1 hour 20 minutes

A616 Stocksbridge
Woodhead Pass
Mottram
M67 Motorway

Traffic towards Sheffield
M60 to M1

Minor Eastbound Delays
40% v Usual Delays
1 hour 9 minutes

M67 Motorway
Mottram
Woodhead Pass
A616 Stocksbridge


Regional

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

Evening & Overnight Travel

M1, A616, M6, M60, M62 closures from 8:00pm


Safety

Increased Accident Risk

Of the 46 serious accidents we have reported on the Woodhead Pass in the last 12 months, 27% occurred at this time of day (12pm-2pm)

The last reported accident on the pass was just 2 days ago

Most accidents on the pass are the result of 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

Please drive sensibly, not like this ...

Woodhead Pass Dashcam Image

Think Bike!

14 serious bike accidents on Pennine routes in the past month

Safety Cameras

Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership mobile speed cameras will be on the pass on random days until 28th August

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

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 8:23pm


Roadworks

Full Schedule

A616 Stocksbridge Bypass
Until 6:00am Sat 31st Aug
Road repairs

A616 Stocksbridge Closure
8:00pm Today to 6:00am Thu 22nd Aug
Road repairs are planned

A628 Woodhead Pass
8:00pm Tue 20th Aug to 6:00am Wed 21st Aug
Emergency roadworks are planned

A616 Stocksbridge Bypass
8:00pm Fri 30th Aug to 6:00am Sat 7th Sep
Road repairs are planned
20:00 on 30 August to 06:00 on 31 August
20:00 on 6 September to 06:00 on 7 September


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)

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Individual Reports

A628 Woodhead Pass
Gun Inn to Flouch Roundabout

Manchester Connectors

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
Motorways

Historical Data

Serious Accidents

There have been 46 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months, on average one every 7 days

The last reported accident was 2 days ago

In the past year it has been closed on 15 occasions due to accidents

Last Closure

The pass was last closed to traffic on Friday 16th August

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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