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A628 Woodhead Pass

Live traffic conditions now on the A628 Woodhead Pass

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Page updated: 12:20pm

Woodhead Pass Open

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Temporary Traffic Lights
Usual Through Traffic Delays
Improvement Works until 30th Nov
Extra Biker Traffic

The pass is open, but take account of the weather conditions

Please take care and have a safe journey this afternoon

Improvement Works until 30th Nov

Expect off peak temporary traffic lights at any time up until 30th Nov for long term improvement works

A628 Overnight Closures

Mondays to Thursdays
8pm to 6am
Until 9th Oct

Improvement works are taking place at multiple locations on the pass. The whole route will be closed to traffic overnight each weekday between Tintwistle & the Flouch Roundabout. There will be no access to the A628 from the B6105 or A6024

Westbound to Manchester
Delays around Stocksbridge, Summit down to Crowden, Mottram
M1 to M60: 1h 12m
Eastbound to Sheffield
Delays around M67, Crowden up to Summit, Stocksbridge
M60 to M1: 1h 6m
A628 Woodhead Pass, Derbyshire

Sunny this afternoon
Temperature now ≈ 8°c
Latest wind gusts 34 mph
Adverse Weather Forecast

STRONG WINDS from ≈ 1am tomorrow
FOG/LOW CLOUD from ≈ noon tomorrow

Met Office Forecast @ 11:47am, approximate timings

Today's Pass Forecast

4:41am A pleasant start to the day, with a risk of a grass frost forming. Good sunny spells during the morning but these will become hazy as cloud thickens during the afternoon. It will stay dry during the evening but with increasing amounts of high level cloud.

The following reports may result in extra traffic on the pass or influence your onward journey

Motorway Improvement Works

Current Closures: M25

Matches & Events Today

MUFC Old Trafford

Accident Risk: Heightened

Of the 28 serious accidents we have reported on the Woodhead Pass in the last 12 months, 60% occurred in fine, sunny weather

The last reported accident on the pass was just 5 days ago

Think Bike!

Extra biker traffic on the pass this afternoon

8 serious bike accidents on pennine routes in the past month

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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

DVSA/VOSA Local Checks
12:02 M62 Rochdale

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In Detail ...

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

Further Afield

Regional Traffic: Moderate
Accident Rate: Medium

Alternative Transpennine Routes

A58 Blackstone Edge (M66 to Halifax)
A58 Rochdale Congestion
A58 Heywood Congestion
A58 Sowerby Bridge Roadworks

A672 Rishworth Moor (Oldham-Halifax)
A58 Sowerby Bridge Roadworks

M62 Motorway (M60-M1)
No reports, traffic flowing well

A62 Standedge/Marsden Moor (M60-M62)
A62 Oldham Congestion
A62 Huddersfield Congestion
A62 Oldham Roadworks
A62 Gildersome Roadworks

A635 Saddleworth Moor (M60-M1)
A635 Greater Manchester Roadworks

A57 Snake Pass (M60-Sheffield)
A57 Derbyshire Roadworks

A6 Bakewell (M60-Derby)
A6 High Lane Congestion
A6 High Lane Roadworks

A50/A38 Uttoxeter (M6-M1)
No reports, traffic flowing well

No current incidents reported on
A640 Buckstones (M62-Huddersfield)
M62 Motorway (M60-M1)
Rushop Edge/Winnats Pass (Chapel-Castleton)
A623 Peak Forest (Chapel-Baslow)
A50 Uttoxeter (M6-M1)

DVSA/VOSA Vehicle Checks
12:02 M62 Rochdale
11:57 M50 Ross-on-Wye
10:24 A1 Sawtry
10:19 M25 Leatherhead
07:53 A74 Beattock

Serious Accidents

There have been 28 serious accidents on the pass in the last 12 months, on average one every 13 days. The last reported accident was 5 days ago

Last Incident on Fri 21 Sep

Fallen Tree
A628 Manchester Road, Tintwistle
9:05am 21-Sep - 10:59am 21-Sep
Slow traffic and road partially blocked on A628 Manchester Road, Tintwistle, due to a fallen tree. Between Hollingworth and Tintwistle near the Cricket Club

Winter Maintenance

Pass last gritted at 10:50pm on Mon 30 Apr 2018

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

This page is part of Glossop Online's Traffic Section. It provides up to the minute 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 Inn roundabout at the A616 junction (to the east)

Use: The pass is used to cross the pennines by - on average - 13200 vehicles per day, 1500 of which are HGVs [2016]

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

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

Accuracy: 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, 35,600 vehicles travel along Mottram Moor, 2200 of which are HGVs [2016]. 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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