A628 road

A628 road

UK road routebox

caption= Longdendale: The A628 runs on the far bank of the Rhodeswood Reservoir. A white lorry can just be seen heading east.
road= A628
direction= West - East
end= Pontefract (A639)
destinations= Barnsley
start= Mottram Moor, Hollingworth
junctions= Start

The A628 is a major road in the north of England connecting Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire by crossing the Pennine chain of hills by way of the Woodhead Pass through the Peak District National Park. The height and the exposure of the road often creates problems during poor weather in winter and the road is sometimes closed due to snowfall or high winds. There are controversial plans for a bypass around Mottram in Longdendale, Hollingworth and Tintwistle.


The road starts to the East of Manchester at the end of the M67 motorway and A57 road. It currently passes through Mottram in Longdendale, Hollingworth and Tintwistle (where there are plans for a bypass "see Longdendale Bypass") and then up through the valley of Longdendale and the Peak District National Park to Crowden to Salter's Brook Bridge. From the summit the road decends through Millhouse Green, Thurlstone, around Penistone joining the M1 motorway at Junction 37.

From the M1 junction to road passes through Barnsley, Cudworth, Brierley and around Hemsworth (bypassed) to Ackworth Moor Top ending to Pontefract at a junction with the A639 road.

The height and the exposure of the road over the Woodhead Pass creates problems during poor weather in winter [cite web|url=http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/roadlists/r10/notes.php?number=A628|title=A628: Hollingworth - Pontefract|publisher=Sabre-roads|accessdate=2008-01-27] [cite news|title=High winds cause chaos in region|publisher=BBC|date=2007-01-18|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/south_yorkshire/6275021.stm|accessdate=2008-01-27] when the road can be closed due to snowfall or high winds. [cite web|url=http://www.saveswallowswood.org.uk/a628log.shtml|title=A628 Road Watch|publisher=Save Swallow's Wood|accessdate=2008-01-27]

Current developments

Proposed developments

The route goes through Longdendale and proposed improvements, the Longdendale Bypass plans, are (as of 2008) a matter of great debate.


The A628 is specifically mentioned in the 2001 Human League track "The Snake", which suggests it as an alternative route from the M62 or Snake Pass.

See also

* Longdendale
* Longdendale Bypass
* M67 motorway


External links

* [http://www.sabre-roads.org.uk/roadlists/r10/notes.php?number=A628 SABRE's page for A628]

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