RECORDS detailing 40 safety lapses within three years on nuclear convoys prove how secure Scotland is, the Ministry of Defence has said. A Freedom of Information request has revealed convoys carrying nuclear bombs and radioactive materials have been stopped by everything from faulty windscreen wipers to brake trouble since 2016.
The National 30th Dec 2019 read more »
The SNP has described as “deeply worrying” the news that convoys carrying nuclear weapons and radioactive materials through Scotland have suffered dozens of safety lapses. The Ministry of Defence confirmed that there have been 40 operational and engineering issues since 2014 on vehicles carrying radioactive cargo. The SNP warned that complacency over the transportation of nuclear weapons could have catastrophic consequences. The MoD said that none of the recorded incidents had put the public at risk. Convoys of 20 or more military vehicles transport nuclear warheads at least six times a year between the Royal Navy armaments depot at Coulport on Loch Long, near Glasgow, and a facility at Burghfield in Berkshire, where they are inspected and maintained. The safety failures came to light after a freedom of information request made by the SNP, which is committed to removing Trident from Faslane. The Scottish government is due to publish a report on the safety of transporting nuclear weapons by road.
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Convoys used to transport nuclear weapons and radioactive waste to Ministry of Defence (MoD) bases on the Clyde have suffered 40 safety lapses since 2014, new figures have revealed. The incidents were logged as operational and engineering issues and posed no threat to public safety, defence bosses said.
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