The number of nuclear bombs being driven to and from the Clyde rose more than fivefold last year to help modernise Trident, according to new evidence from campaigners. Close monitoring of the nuclear weapons convoys that regularly travel by road between the UK government’s Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire and the Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport on Loch Long suggests that 62 warheads were moved in 2016. This compares to just 11 in 2015, 15 in 2014 and between six and eight in previous years. Critics suspect that the huge increase is because upgraded Mark 4A warheads were being fitted to Trident missiles carried by the nuclear submarine,HMS Vengeance.
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