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Snow disruption: Your stories

The continuing cold snap is causing more disruption across the UK.

Travellers face further misery as airports, roads and rail services continue to be badly affected by snow.

BBC News website readers have been explaining how their lives are being affected.

Katie Samye, Newark, Nottinghamshire

Image caption Katie Samye is 39 weeks pregnant and worried she may not get help if she goes into labour

I am 39 weeks pregnant with gestational diabetes, so a high-risk pregnancy, with a one-year-old son to look after.

Our town used to have a maternity wing but it was closed down. My husband has to work away because there are no jobs locally so we are on our own at home.

The hospital I have to get to in Nottingham is 22.5 miles away. I enquired about ambulances and was told by the hospital not to rely on them as they are taking too long to get to people.

The 24-hour emergency midwife is 20 miles away holed up at home, she advised me that all midwives had been instructed not to do home visits including home births.

It is fair to say I feel pretty abandoned and vulnerable out here and don't understand why local midwives aren't doubling their efforts to get out to women in case they can't get to hospital.

They say there hasn't been a case of ambulances not getting to labouring women in time over the last few days around here - but it doesn't leave me feeling safe.

Reverend Judith Maizel-Long, Billericay, Essex

Image caption Rev Judith Maizel-Long says the paths are treacherous

Today, Thursday, we have had between 20-25cm of snow. The council have not gritted any roads, not even bus routes, in our town of 25,000 people, but have gritted the car park of the council leisure centre.

This is very shortsighted. It is damaging the productivity of the country when people cannot get to work. There will be more broken arms and legs and therefore people taking time off work, and for the elderly a fall can bring permanent damage.

The paths are treacherous, about an inch thick of packed ice. I witnessed a woman fall on the ice near the railway station yesterday. Those who rely on cars or buses to travel to work are stuck, and many are working from home or just staying in.

The elderly are staying in, families and neighbours are bringing them supplies, because the pavements are so dangerous.

I am a church minister, and most church activities including toddler groups have been cancelled. I can work by phone and email and have extra time to prepare church services.

I am doing some visits on foot, though have nearly slipped on the ice several times.

The trains, on the London Liverpool Street to Southend line, are running with only small delays, so the town's commuters are getting to London.

Peter Western, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Image caption Peter Western is concerned his daughter's wedding may be cancelled

My daughter was due to fly out from Gatwick to Barbados yesterday for her wedding on the 7th but the flight was cancelled.

The rest of the wedding party is due to fly out tomorrow.

We managed to get the bride and groom on our Friday flight, but it seems this could also be delayed or worse.

We can't understand why, if the inbound flight was diverted to Heathrow, Virgin did not bus the passengers there.

My daughter is distraught.

We are just hoping that the weather starts to ease - even if we're stuck at the airport all day Friday we don't mind we just want to get there.

Charles Slaney, Brighton, East Sussex

Image caption Charles Slaney, pictured with his son Richard, spent the night on a train

I slept in a train carriage at London Victoria last night after the service back home to Brighton was cancelled.

I have got a cold and flu bug at the moment so spending the night in a train carriage isn't the best thing for me.

There were about 200 people in the train.

No-one knew what was happening as they didn't make announcements at the station because people were sleeping in the hotel next door.

I've gone from Victoria straight to work this morning feeling crumpled and smelly.

Debbie Shuttlewood, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Image caption Debbie Shuttlewood is worried about getting home on Thursday

I got on a southbound Southern Train from London Victoria at about 2145 on Wednesday with the aim of getting home to Haywards Heath.

It was all going surprisingly smoothly until about 10 minutes north of Gatwick where we ground to a halt because of a broken down train at Three Bridges.

We sat there for an hour-and-a-half and then they said we were going to back-up a bit to get on a different line so we could get past the problem and continue south, that made sense to me.

So back north we went - all the way to East Croydon! Once there, lots more poor stranded people boarded the train and we continued on, back to Victoria where we arrived at about 0130.

The on-train staff promised that Victoria station staff would greet us with refreshments and a solution to our predicament.

The solution turned out to be 'you might as well get back on the train, it's warm on there and we'll tell you when we get some more information'.

What followed was a joyless night on a cold, dirty, fairly busy train with one, blocked and disgusting toilet.

Having been told there is nothing going south today I'm now back at work near London Bridge wondering whether I'll ever get home to Haywards Heath.

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