Nuclear warhead delivery to Scotland

28.09.2017 - United Kingdom - Pressenza Budapest

Nuclear warhead delivery to Scotland
Nuclear weapon transport convey in July 2010 (Image by Nukewatch UK)

Press release from the UK campaign group Nukewatch.

A nuclear weapons convoy with four warhead  carriers  left Burghfield early on Monday September 25th taking the M4 and then the A34 around Oxford. It went onto the M40 and stopped mid-morning at Kineton near Banbury. After taking the A46 around Coventry to the M1 it went into Chetwynd Barracks on the outskirts of Nottingham. The convoy was then seen on the M1 passing junction 62 mid-afternoon.

On the morning of Tuesday September 26th it was seen coming off the A66 onto the M6. It headed north onto the M74 and took the M80 and M9 to Stirling. From there the convoy headed west via the A811 and up the A82 to turn across the A817 arriving at Coulport at around 6pm.

This is the first convoy delivering warheads to Scotland that we have been aware of since May this year. Since then Nukewatchers in Scotland have published a report UNREADY SCOTLAND and will be embarking on a series of public meeting starting tonight in Edinburgh.  For more information about the report and the meetings see here.

Please sign our petition to the Scottish Government asking for a review of civil authority arrangements for dealing with a convoy accident. Although defence is reserved to Westminster the Scottish Government is responsible for making sure local authorities make risk assessments for hazards in their area and communicate these to the public. This would lead to greater awareness of the existence of road transport of nuclear weapons and enable the public to decide if it was a risk they want to take.

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