BREAKING: Woodhead Pass closed as Storm Desmond causes havoc on region's roads

The Woodhead Pass is closed in both directions to high-sided and vulnerable vehicles, due to the high winds from Storm Desmond.
The Woodhead Pass is closed in both directions to high-sided and vulnerable vehicles, due to the high winds from Storm Desmond.
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The Highways Agency has closed the Woodhead Pass to all vehicles, due to fears over the strong winds from Storm Desmond.

A Highways Agency spokesman confirmed the A628 Woodhead Pass, near Sheffield and Barnsley, is currently closed in both directions between the A616 at Flouch in South Yorkshire and the A57 at Hollingworth, Greater Manchester until further notice.

They added: "Road users affected by these restrictions are advised to plan their journey in advance and consider alternative routes, if possible."

It was closed earlier today to high-sided and vulnerable vehicles as a result of the windy weather, but it is now closed to all vehicles.