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Hi All,

Yup I got home this morning just before 7am, almost 15 hours on the road to travel 18 miles, was mental!

One thing I am disgusted at is the Emergency services or more specifically. We were stuck for about 12/13 hours before we saw any police at all. Reports on then news and bbc sites said the police were making sure all of us on the M73/A80 were okay, well I didn't see any and my 3 work collegues 2 hours up the road didn't see any either, totally shocking display.

A MASSIVE THANKS must go to Asda. I was choking for a drink after supidly not packing the car with water and snacks. I got a welcome knock on my window at 3am by a bloke for Asda giving out water, fruit and biscuits. That man needs a star!!

There was one point after being stuck for about 13 hours in the dark there was a truck that had parked up next to me full of cattle (cows/bulls I think) and they were going mad from the sound of it trying to ram to the truck to get out, the noises they were making aswell was for an animal lover truely horrific.

had to turn the radio up to mask to noises as it was really started to upset me, as soft as that sounds however you have to remember I'd been sat in my car for 13 hours, in the dark, not knowing what the score was, no police, getting cold and running the engine every so often (I was low on fuel which was adding to the stress) to heat up.

Thanks for the replies to my thread, I kinda needed to post sommat on here as well as regular FB updates to keep me sane lol.

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Re: Stuck on the m73

Wow what a story, im glad to hear your now ok.
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Re: Stuck on the m73

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One question in my mind every time I see the pictures on the TV is why isn't it a legal requirement to have snow chains in the UK. We see so many pictures of sliding cars and lorries, and it just takes one to block a road (after which they aren't of use admittedly). I have to admit on only bought them again after problems last year, but there is often a lane free when you see the pictures of roads

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Garrie,
I read your post this morning - I'm glad your safe and well. I couldn't imagine been stuck that long in those temperatures. It was -12C local to me in the west end of Glasgow last night. I'd packed in work at noon yesterday as I could see the constant snowfall causing problems on the M8. I made pretty good time until the last 3km - that took 2 hours. My car is now behind a half metre high wall of hard snow after the road was ploughed. My wife had to abandon her car and walk 10km from Milngavie. I'm thinking of investing in snow chains.
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Hi All,

Yup I got home this morning just before 7am, almost 15 hours on the road to travel 18 miles, was mental!

One thing I am disgusted at is the Emergency services or more specifically. We were stuck for about 12/13 hours before we saw any police at all. Reports on then news and bbc sites said the police were making sure all of us on the M73/A80 were okay, well I didn't see any and my 3 work collegues 2 hours up the road didn't see any either, totally shocking display.

A MASSIVE THANKS must go to Asda. I was choking for a drink after supidly not packing the car with water and snacks. I got a welcome knock on my window at 3am by a bloke for Asda giving out water, fruit and biscuits. That man needs a star!!

There was one point after being stuck for about 13 hours in the dark there was a truck that had parked up next to me full of cattle (cows/bulls I think) and they were going mad from the sound of it trying to ram to the truck to get out, the noises they were making aswell was for an animal lover truely horrific.

had to turn the radio up to mask to noises as it was really started to upset me, as soft as that sounds however you have to remember I'd been sat in my car for 13 hours, in the dark, not knowing what the score was, no police, getting cold and running the engine every so often (I was low on fuel which was adding to the stress) to heat up.

Thanks for the replies to my thread, I kinda needed to post sommat on here as well as regular FB updates to keep me sane lol.

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Garrie, glad you eventually made it home safely, what a horrific experience! Shame you didn't have your camera, you could have taken a picture of a bridge or something and almost be guaranteed to be surrounded by the anti-terrorist squad within minutes. Could have refused a Stop and Search and been carted off to a nice warm cell for the night!

Anyway, glad you're O.K.
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Re: Stuck on the m73

managed a few shots on my iPhone.

Started a nice night..



then got worse



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Glad you got home.
Good photos. no3 catches it.
At least you had Radio 4.

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Thank goodness for camera-phones, these shots certainly show the severity of the conditions. I notice your heater was turned up as high as it would go!
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Re: Stuck on the m73

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Thanks for the replies to my thread, I kinda needed to post sommat on here as well as regular FB updates to keep me sane lol.
After following your facebook updates I'm so pleased/relieved you got home in one piece, it's a ghastly thing to happen.

You aren't the only one of my 'friends' to have been caught out by the weather/road conditions, although your experience is by far the worst.
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Re: Stuck on the m73

looks like the minister didn't want to be responsible for the logs on the motorway sides ... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-11976328

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