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The A628 is a major road in the north of Englandmarker connecting Greater Manchestermarker and South Yorkshiremarker by crossing the Pennine chain of hills by way of the Woodhead Passmarker 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 Longdendalemarker, Hollingworthmarker and Tintwistlemarker.

Route

The road starts to the East of Manchestermarker at the end of the M67 motorway and A57 road. It currently passes through Mottram in Longdendalemarker, Hollingworthmarker and Tintwistlemarker (where there are plans for a bypass see Longdendale Bypass) and then up through the valley of Longdendalemarker and the Peak District National Parkmarker to Crowdenmarker to Salter's Brook Bridge. From the summit the road descends through Millhouse Greenmarker, Thurlstonemarker, around Penistonemarker joining the M1 motorway at Junction 37.

From the M1 junction to road passes through Barnsleymarker, Cudworthmarker, Brierleymarker and around Hemsworthmarker (bypassed) to Ackworth Moor Topmarker ending to Pontefractmarker 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 when the road can be closed due to snowfall or high winds.

Current developments

Proposed developments

The route goes through Longdendalemarker 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 Passmarker.

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