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What a day !

Not as bad as some but my usual 35 min run home took 1 hr 40 and that was avoiding motorways around Glasgow.

Dreading looking at my front bumper after it seemed to be trimming the pile in the middle of the tire tracks.
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Thats nothing, it took me 5 hours to do a journey that usually takes 35mins. Royston to Lesmahagow M8-M73-M74. The roads are an absolute disgrace, you would have thought they would be better prepared, after having severe weather warnings for the area. The M74 south of Hamilton is like the road to Siberia, but probably with more snow and ice.

I can count the number of snowploughs i have seen all day, on one finger, and even then, it had no salt and the plough up
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I just outlined my day under 'Autosocks' thread in 159 lounge as they saved me today and I could grin all the way home as I passed countless stuck cars with rear-wheel drive

I'm just glad to have got home and so was my wife who got as far as the Erskine Bridge and had to turn round because of gridlock - 7 hours it took her all in without even making it to work

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Airdrie / Cumbernauld are gridlock. We have been advised to stay at work.

Looking forward to my night of luxury
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They chucked us out our office at 4pm and stated no one could remain in the office. There are guys from all over central belt in our place (based in Robroyston) who were wondering what to do next.

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I didn't get out my estate this morning. There really are some fuds out there that can't drive it must be said.

My mate left Lenzie at 720 this morning to go to Stirling. At 1530 he was in Kilsyth having not reached Stirling at all . . . . .And my brother is sleeping the night in his office in EK.

HOnestly we really are a disgrace. there was no preparation at all for this
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They chucked us out our office at 4pm and stated no one could remain in the office. There are guys from all over central belt in our place (based in Robroyston) who were wondering what to do next.

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Thats bad form. People are being chucked out into chaos. I spent the night in reasonable comfort at work. With the hospital being full to bursting it was a case of take it or leave it with regards to accomodation. Every office being turned into a bedroom. We have around 100 or so staff staying. With what I'm hearing on the radio just now, things don't really look much better this morning.
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Thats nothing, it took me 5 hours to do a journey that usually takes 35mins. Royston to Lesmahagow M8-M73-M74. The roads are an absolute disgrace, you would have thought they would be better prepared, after having severe weather warnings for the area. The M74 south of Hamilton is like the road to Siberia, but probably with more snow and ice.

I can count the number of snowploughs i have seen all day, on one finger, and even then, it had no salt and the plough up
I am afraid that I have goat tae disagree wie you here D. Last bit..returning tae the depot fur mair salt or Russian back before he exceeded his permitted hours.

I took the wee one to school last Tuesday.Total chaos wie a wee drap of the white stuff. Gridlocked ..nothing moved.took well over an hour an a half to do a 10 minute journey.I forgot my phone and when the wee one arrived at the school they shut it.Poor wee soul was told by me ..not advised to walk home..She arrived a lot quicker than the stuck cars on the main drags which were going nowhere fast.When she got into a nearby street there was no traffic so I set off and brought her home with no problems.The school couldnae get there act together regards closing the school the following day so I made the executive descision.She didnae go.I did this so as not to contribute to the griudlock madness and the fact the numpties couldnae make a reasonable descision knowing the circumstances..Sure enugh the plonkers closed the school afew hours later.Had they done it earlier they could have made life a lot easier for all and not contributed to the gridlock.

Yesterday ...real cold ..BUT never had tae defrost the motor as the very slight sleet which started to fall at 0835 did the job for me.Drove to school no trouble at all all flowing brilliant except for the usual plonkers.Dropped her off and as I returned around 0845 it all changed ..the sleet turned to falling snow..I even used my fog lights and the plonkers that usually drive wie therm on drove wie no lights at all.You cannot legistlate for tools oops idiots.Saw it coming as the roads turned real treacherous and I got in the street and left the car.It was going nowhere soon. Then all the text message from the schools alert system..alert mah bahookie.Eventually they closed the school when chaos reigned everywhere.wee soul had to walk home again..jist like the aulden days.

The very few gritters had done a marvelous job all thro the night wie the condition of the roads that I saw...but to criticise these people is like saying the natives should huv built a dam when they saw the tsunami coming.

Very little could have been done as a result. You need the traffic flowing to allow the salt and gtitter to do the job BUT nothing moved.


I recal driving many years ago and the snowplough got stuck at the headless cross at Shotts..whiteout blizzard conditions BUT as it was not rush hour... other than the folk that couldnae drive in the snow very few had problems. And the cars were not as advanced as they are today.

As for the plonkers that threw everyone out the office.....pure leaders I say pure leaders..you should have did a sit in and threw them oot.
the would soon have changed their tune.

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^^ Well said Pomeo. And astounded by the bawbags that are unable to drive in these conditions. Watched some halfwit yesterday try to get his Avensis up the hill here at the end of Pinewood Avenue by constantly bouncing it off the rev limiter in 1st . . . . . . . he slid down the hill faster than he went up. eejit. . . . . . .
Pet hate - someone in front who has traction and is moving fine . . . . . . then brakes!!!

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I'm not prepared to move my car from work until the 'do not travel' advice is lifted by the police. From what I have been told, the A73 back to Cumbernauld has not been treated and as a result is treacherous. Cumbernauld itself this morning is gridlocked again & littered with abandoned cars presumably, from people who have come of the A80 looking for a shortcut.

As far as I'm concerned my staff and I are better off here where we will not add to the congestion out there & potentially become one of the many stranded out there.

Take care folks!!!!!!!
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Aye Ricky The Muirhead area is certainly getting scudded.
Saw it oan the news last night and this morning.Glad I dont work there any more ...Couldnae see me and my 2 men doin much good there alhough we did have a fruit lorry shed its load on the A80 at the jn wie the M73.Oranges everywhere.Squeezed it for all it was worth Had it been a Wisemans lorry we could have milked it.

However a different experience frae Rossolusso.

I left Muirhead office wunnering how I wiz gonna get hame after a lateshift..

Siberian conditions.Stuggled out onto the road from the side street in the auld Orion.As I approached the junction a snowplow gritter passed in the direction I was goin.
I followed all the way to Bargeddie where it turned towards Coatbridge.
Shugar I thought...Inconsiderate expletive...so struggled on about 500 yards and as I got to the roads depot...what came out of the depot was another gritter...and it also went my way ahead of me.
I followed it right past my road end.


I guess I was just lucky that night or someone was watching over me.

Never happened before or since.

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PS Love yer faith in the polis

Its the same messsaage every year .How come folk cannae see it coming and wait till they eventually come out with it after all is gridlocked.?.

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5.5 hours from Bearsden to Strathbungo yesterday. Wouldn't fancy going anywhere near cumbernauld.

On the plus side, hardly anyone out this morning, so I got in reasonably easy. Just the frozen filler cap problem.

Meanwhile, Shell seem to have upped their prices again.
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Police helicopter has just checked out the Raith interchange....Wait till we all use helicopters. By the time I got my camera it was away.Been aguid fotie fur the Polis in Action or Stu the hoose's gallery.Lovely clear blue sky .It was like a bumble bee in its black and yellow livery.

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OK, bragging rights to me M8/A8 then A73. Left the office at 3.30pm and got home at 1.45 this morning. Not bad, 10 hours + for 14 miles
Like Ricky, I've told my boss that I'll be working from home until the police advice on traveling changes.
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Just had our afternoon meeting & looks like I will be spending night 2 holed up at work. I would much rather do this than share the roads with the other kamikaze drivers & jack knife trucks.

I'll make my way home tomorrow when it should be a lot safer.

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You could at least get them to take you over to the Dakota Ricky. It's supposed to have a very good restraunt :eyebrow:
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OK, bragging rights to me M8/A8 then A73. Left the office at 3.30pm and got home at 1.45 this morning. Not bad, 10 hours + for 14 miles
Like Ricky, I've told my boss that I'll be working from home until the police advice on traveling changes.
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Hospital food is ace! NHS budget does not go as far as the Dakota unfortunately
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LMFAO.

I haven't been oot the hoose the last 2 days either. Sure as hell ain't been working much either .
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I've had a colleague trying to drop me in it (obviousley thought I woudn't spot it as I'm not in the office), but, I had great pleasure of placing the ball firmly back in his court, then drove a large spike through it to stop him trying to lay it off on someone else :BB Bat:
So, at least I've been dealing with my e-mail
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Hospital food is ace! NHS budget does not go as far as the Dakota unfortunately
Perhaps in the canteen...but my recollection of hospital food is the same as the SPC at Tulliallan..Thank Dog for Chinese carry oots in fact ony carry oots.

The best meal at SPC was the breakfast...Kellogs variety ...until the milkman went on stricke..powdered milk I still wake up in cauld sweats thinking aboot it...but that was the guid auld days when Special K was Special K an no that ryveeta cardoard stuff they try to pass as Special K nooadays...Even puting fruit in it can disguise it.

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Have things changed that much that hospital food is good.
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I've had a colleague trying to drop me in it (obviousley thought I woudn't spot it as I'm not in the office), but, I had great pleasure of placing the ball firmly back in his court, then drove a large spike through it to stop him trying to lay it off on someone else :BB Bat:
So, at least I've been dealing with my e-mail
I feel your pain Frank...hud mair than my fair share of satellite controllers.

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I thought it was you I saw in that red dress
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I thought it was you I saw in that red dress
If it was I dae yee think I'd be sqeaking tae the likes of ewe

I am amazed you got the satellite controller bit.

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