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Cumbria Snow chaos drivers speak out

HUNDREDS of drivers around South Cumbria were left stranded for hours after snow wreaked havoc on the county’s roads.

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Year on year we are becoming a nation of moaners,wether it be snow,ice,gales,leaves on lines,air ports disintegrating after a mere inch of the white stuff,schools close,
disruption in life,where'as other nations just get on with it,as we used to do when
we were strong in self belief.
Perhaps introducing a no work,no pay system,or removing many ridiculous health and safety problems may come to our rescue.
Sadly some thing is missing from our culture on this little Island.
That self help and determination to get on with life,regardless of hardship and to look after neighbours is a thing of the past for many.
But to live in a system that takes of the poor so Cameron can give his millionaire
buddies a pay rise,is beyond contempt,and perhaps normal workers,may just have had enough of his Public School antics and can't be bothered.

Posted by dicky on 31 January 2013 at 17:24

Why blame the highways, we all knew snow was coming , and not beening funny worried wife why should someone come to tell him what the problem is? it was snowing or is he blind. Every time we have snow or floods people moan come on get a life,
If it snow put snow chains on dont cost that much.

Posted by peter on 29 January 2013 at 16:39

Some of these comments make me laugh! yes we were warned well in advance about the weather but why should we leave our cars at home when the roads should have been made passable??? We are the only country who freak out when a snowflake falls, its ridiculous! I live somewhere where public transport is a shambles so can only rely on my own car to get to work. I ended up stranded in Barrow overnight as I couldnt get home, is this my fault because I chose to drive to work! Silly comments by people who probably live 10 mins from work.

Also the comments about not appreciating the Emergency Services until we need them. Generally you dont realise the hard work of these services until you do need them yourself, its not that you dont care about what they do.

As for the gritters and snow ploughs, the gritters should have been out well in advance, we had about a weeks notice. Understandably the snow ploughs arent really useful until the snow has settled BUT not enough was done to keep the roads clear, what most of you are saying is the area should come to a standstill until the snow has cleared and stay in doors. Life doesnt stop just because there is snow.

Posted by Irritated! on 29 January 2013 at 12:29

to make it simples for those who cannot help themselves but MOAN! id like you to answer this question. How do you plough a road which is blocked with cars full of people moaning that the roads havent been ploughed? May i suggest that you fill in a form saying that the council and contractors can smash your cars out of the way to clear "said" roads therefore stopping you moaning. PLUS, what make you think its safe for these lads to be out ploughing and gritting theyre only in 2 wheel lorries like you lot stuck in cars, the yskid, they crash, they are the sort of people who given the weather warnings would be at home safe, but instead theyre out risking harm and injury to try and plough and grit roads that people have blocked and abandoned their cars on. some of you need to seriously think about the logistics of all of this, but you wont, youll just lay blame when really its the snows fault, act of god! say thanks to the council and contractors they tried.

Posted by moanmoanmoan on 29 January 2013 at 12:10

my husband was stuck on Lindale Hill for 7 hours on friday evening and didnt see one plough or gritter ! no-one came to say what the problem was or how long they would be stuck he soon lost mobile signal/battery. We cant keep our roads open when the snow was predicted what the hell is going on I hope CCC highways dept are ashamed of themselves

Posted by worried wife on 28 January 2013 at 20:30

Rather than "Heads in the sand" have these people had their "Heads in the snow"? Every man and his dog knew the weather was coming, we had numerous warnings not to travel and yet people completely ignored them. Only themselves to blame.

Posted by Sharkey on 28 January 2013 at 17:05

You cannot say you were not warned! The weather people got it spot on,they said it would be bad at 4pm and what happened? It chucked it down at 4pm! I got the train from Dalton,although a bit late I still got to work in Barrow on time.A bit of forward planning should be in order and do not set out when there are clear weather warnings in place.Dont blame the emergency services,blame the idiots that tried to travel in such bad conditions.

Posted by billymac on 28 January 2013 at 12:20

Bad winters in the 40's and sixty's was severe in comparison to todays snow flakes.

Working class people didn't have cars then Dicky

Posted by wbrown on 28 January 2013 at 00:57

It is the worst situation I have ever seen in the Furness Area..... We are told there is plenty of salt/grit for the winter, but where the hell were the GRITTERS & SNOW PLOUGHS????? The warnings were given well in advance & yet both times NO GRITTERS OR SNOW PLOUGHS = what is this country & county coming too???? Absolutely disgusted !!!! Took me 2 hours to get from Barrow to home - so much for development of the roads (Had the bypass never been built, alot of the roads would have been sheltered by the hedging & trees....
I passed a elderly couple in a 4x4 & worried all night that they never got home - luckily they did - but no thanks to the council or whoever now runs the gritters.snow ploughs..... Another point is Why do drivers have to drive so close to the car in front or start acting irrisponsibly ???? COMMON SENSE SHOULD COME IN 2 ACTION ....... GIVE PLENTY OF ROOM !!!!

Posted by Jam on 27 January 2013 at 00:25

the gritters and the ploughs were out last night my fella was one of them he got in at 2am (after a full day at work) had a brew a nap and went back out at 330am and hes still out now, the prob is that when theres cars lined up blocking roads, abandoned cars in the streets and people blatently ignoring weather warnings the ploughs CANNOT get over the roads, common sense really!! the snow came down to bloody fast, as it was ploughed off and gritted it settled again, those lads last night along with those from the council were fighting a loosing battle, hows about a thankyou for all the hard work they put in to try there hardest to get everyone moving. the reason it took so long to get home wasnt the gritters it was people abandoing there cars, trying to get up hills in 2 wheel drive

Posted by suzie on 26 January 2013 at 20:15

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