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A628 road
Longdendale: The A628 runs on the far bank of the Rhodeswood Reservoir. A white lorry can just be seen heading east.
Longdendale: The A628 runs on the far bank of the Rhodeswood Reservoir. A white lorry can just be seen heading east.
Direction West - East
Start Mottram Moor, Hollingworth
Primary
destinations1
Barnsley
End Pontefract (A639)
Roads joined Start
UK road A57.svg A57 road
UK road A6024.PNG A6024 road
UK road A616.PNG A616 road
UK road A629.PNG A629 road
[ M⁠1 ⁠] M1 motorway
UK road A635.PNG A635 road
UK road A61.svg A61 road
UK road A633.PNG A633 road
UK road A6195.PNG A6195 road
UK road A638.PNG A638 road
UK road A639.PNG A639 road
End
Notes
  1. Primary destinations as specified by the Department for Transport.


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 plans for a bypass around Mottram in Longdendale, Hollingworth and Tintwistle.

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Route

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 descends 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[1][2] when the road can be closed due to snowfall or high winds.[3]

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.

Culture

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.

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