A628 road

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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.
Route information
Length: 38.2 mi[1] (61.5 km)
Major junctions
West end: Mottram Moor, Hollingworth
53°27′39″N 1°59′46″W / 53.4609°N 1.9961°W / 53.4609; -1.9961 (A628 road (eastern end))
  A57 A57 road
A6024 A6024 road
A616 A616 road
A629 A629 road
[ M 1  ] M1 motorway
A635 A635 road
A61 A61 road
A633 A633 road
A6195 A6195 road
A638 A638 road
A639 A639 road
East end: Pontefract (A639)
53°40′51″N 1°18′48″W / 53.6807°N 1.3133°W / 53.6807; -1.3133 (A628 road (western end))
Location
Primary
destinations
:
Barnsley
Road network

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.

Route[edit]

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) 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[2][3] when the road can be closed due to snowfall or high winds.[4]

Current developments[edit]

Proposed developments[edit]

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

Culture[edit]

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[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Directions to Ackworth Rd/A628". Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 13 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "A628: Hollingworth - Pontefract". Sabre-roads. Retrieved 27 January 2008. 
  3. ^ "High winds cause chaos in region". BBC. 18 January 2007. Archived from the original on 29 January 2008. Retrieved 27 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "A628 Road Watch". Save Swallow's Wood. Retrieved 27 January 2008. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing