A61 Westwood roundabout

Improvements at Westwood roundabout (A61/A616) at Tankersley and technology improvements along the A628 Woodhead Pass

Start date March 2020
End date April to June 2021
Cost £18.6 million

Latest updates

  • 22 June 2022

    Technology update

    We are in the process of delivering a technology improvement scheme on the A628 Woodhead Pass.

    The scheme will provide a series of new Variable Message Signs (VMS) on the approaches to new automated closure gates. The closure gates are at the same locations as the previous manually operated gates. 

    The aim of closure gates and VMS is to reduce the time taken to close a route in severe weather. It will also provide better information to drivers.

    The new closure gates will be operated from the side of the road. The details for opening the closure gates will only be provided to landowners, businesses and emergency services in the area.

    The scheme was started in 2020 but experienced delays to power connections that affected delivery of the scheme. We continue to work with the power companies to arrange the connections, but want to make sure we’re ready to use the gates as soon as possible once power is connected.

    We are keen to arrange training for any residents and landowners who may need to access the area inside the gates during a closure, please contact the scheme via westwoodandtechnology@nationalhighways.co.uk or by calling 0300 123 5000. 

    This work is due to be completed later in 2022.


  • 01 March 2021

    Westwood roundabout upgrade complete

    A major upgrade to improve the flow of traffic and increase capacity at Westwood roundabout has been completed.

    An extra lane has been added to the roundabout and some of its approaches improving journey times between Sheffield and Manchester for the thousands of drivers who use the route every day.

    A61 Westwood completed roundabout

    The improvements at the busy interchange will also improve safety for both drivers and pedestrians.

    • An extra lane has been added to Westwood roundabout and some of its approaches, improving journey time reliability and reducing congestion
    • Added 39 new traffic signals to manage the peak congestion to create a free flowing network
    • Laid 9,524 square metres of resurfacing to provide drivers with smother and safer journeys
    • Installed 19 new LED lights which are more efficient, and reduce carbon
    • Improved safety with 472 metres of new/improved safety barrier and 986 metres of new kerbing
    • Added 469 metres of new drainage to keep the roads free of flood water, improving safety
    • Introduced new pedestrian crossings on the A61 exit heading north and the A616 exit heading east to improve safety

    The £18.6 million investment also includes adding technology along the A628 to improve journey time reliability and provide drivers with up to date, real-time information.

    Since October 2020 new infrastructure has been installed along the A57, A628, A61 and A616 to allow for new variable message signs to be installed. This work is due to be complete in summer.

    A61 Westwood infographic

  • 27 January 2021

    Roundabout nearing completion

    Work to add an extra lane around Westwood roundabout is due to be complete by the end of February.

    An extra lane has been added to some of the approaches as well as the roundabout itself to help reduce congestion and improve traffic flows.

    Traffic lights will also be installed to manage peak congestion and pedestrians crossings on the A61 exit heading north and the A616 exit heading east have been added to improve safety

    As part of the improvements we’ve:

    • Installed 469 metres of new drainage
    • Installed 986 metres of new kerbing
    • Laid 9,524 square metres of resurfacing
    • Painted 1,600 metres of new white lining
    • Installed 472 metres of new/improved safety barrier
    • Installed 19 new street lights and 39 new traffic signals

    We’d like to thank everyone for their continued patience throughout the work while we carried out these vital improvements.

    You can read more updates on our scheme newsletter.

  • 07 January 2021

    Overnight closures and temporary lights planned- January 2021

    There will be a series of overnight closures over the next couple of weeks to carry out work on Westwood roundabout.

    Lane 1 will be closed on the dedicated left turn approaching Stocksbridge roundabout 24/7 until Saturday 9 January to install new signage. Overnight closures will be in place on the A616 and Maple Road overnight between 8pm and 6am until Saturday 9 January.

    Next week there will also be full closures of the A616 eastern approach and A61 northern approach with lane closures on the other approaches between 8pm and 6am from Monday 11 until Saturday 16 January.

    There will be temporary traffic lights in place on the A628 westbound carriageway near to Old Road/Church Street in Tintwistle for survey work Monday 11 to Friday 15 January and on the M1 junction 35A roundabout to Westwood roundabout.

  • 30 October 2020

    Public information events

    We held two public information webinars last month to talk about the planned improvements we’re making to provide drivers with real-time information which will allow them to make effective decisions about their journey.

    As part of the A61 Westwood roundabout scheme we’re improving the current closure gates and the information available to road users by installing a series of new electronic variable message signs along the A628, A616 and A61 route.

    You can find out more information about our plans in this short presentation.

  • 14 October 2020

    A628 technology improvements

    We’re hosting two public information webinars in October 2020 month to talk about the scheme in more details and give you the chance to ask the team any questions you may have.

    The webinars are taking place on:

    • Wednesday 21 October noon-2pm
    • Saturday 24 October 10am-noon

    You can find out more details about what is being planned in our leaflet:

    A616/A61 Westwood roundabout and A628 technology scheme - public information booklet

    To attend the webinar please click on the links below for the event you wish to join, five minutes before it is due to start. 

    Please note you may be asked to download Microsoft Teams prior to joining the event.

    All attendees will be on mute but there is the option to post questions in the live question and answer session. This can be found on the right-hand side of the page. 

    A628 technology webinar - Wednesday 21 October noon-2pm

    A628 technology webinar - Saturday 24 October 10am-noon     

  • 30 September 2020

    Overnight closures to install narrow lanes - October 2020

    We’ll have a series of closures next month to allow us to install narrow lanes.

    Maple Road in both directions will be closed Monday 5 to Friday 10 October and Monday 12 October.

    The southern side of Westwood roundabout will be closed Friday 9 October, and Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 October.

    The northern side of Westwood roundabout will be closed Tuesday 13 and Thursday 15 October and Monday 19 to Thursday 22 October.

    The closures will be between 8pm and 6am. Clearly signed diversions will be in place.

  • 08 September 2020

    Drainage and earthwork underway

    Narrow lanes are now in place on Westwood roundabout and work is now starting in the verges to complete drainage and earthwork. Since our last update we’ve been preparing the site for the widening which has included removing lighting columns and vegetation where necessary, we’ve reduced the inner ring of the roundabout and improved the existing footpaths.

    Over the next couple of months, we’ll be widening the approaches at the roundabout and installing the new traffic signals this is alongside the strengthening of Sowell Bridge which will also be taking place.

    We’ll also be starting work on the A628 Woodhead Pass. This will include us installing nine new electric message signs along the route in addition to the four that are already in place and upgrading the electric closure gates on Woodhead Pass and installing a new gate at Dunford Bridge. We’re looking to start this work in autumn once the remaining design work has been completed.

    View our latest newsletter.

  • 30 April 2020

    Ground investigation starts

    Since our public information events back in February/March we’ve started our ground investigation work to widen the A61/A616 Westwood roundabout. This work includes establishing the extent of mine workings and ground conditions at key areas of the roundabout and will enable to us to carry out the widening work which will help reduce congestion and improve traffic flows on the roundabout.

    Once our investigations have been completed and any remedial work carried out, we’ll start work to widen the roundabout and some of the approaches. In autumn we’ll start our technology improvements along the A628. This will enable us to provide real-time information for motorists to make effective decisions about their journey.

    Our Environmental Impact Assessment has now been published and can be found in the documents section.

Project information

We’ll be reducing congestion and improving the flow of traffic for drivers through Westwood roundabout in Tankersley, Sheffield. This will also reduce congestion and improving the reliability of peoples journeys between the Manchester and Sheffield city regions.

Our improvements along the A628 will also help to improve safety for drivers and allow them to make more effective decisions through the use of electronic message signs.

By adding an extra lane on the roundabout and some of the approaches of Westwood roundabout we’ll be able to reduce congestion and improve journey time reliability. Traffic lights will also be added to all the approaches apart from Maple Road.

We’ll also be installing technology, such as electronic information boards, on the A628 which will allow drivers to make more effective decisions about their journeys and improve journey time reliability.

This scheme is part of a wider package of work that will improve the existing route connecting the M67 at Mottram in Longdendale to the M1, north of Sheffield. Please see our A57/A628 Trans-Pennine upgrade scheme to see what else we are doing along this route.


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