DETAILS have emerged that nuclear material is being transported by train through South Ayrshire towns, causing concern for public health and safety. The material is believed to be transferred though Ayr, Prestwick and Barassie three times a week from Hunterston and Dounreay to Sellafield in Cumbria. Ayrshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) believe this is against the Scottish Government policy and have researched the dangers of nuclear material transported by train. There are fears that trains can leak radiation and are not allowed to stop in a rail siding to prevent an accident. Arthur West, Secretary of Ayrshire CND, wrote in a letter: “We have recently photographed nuclear trains passing through West Kilbride, Irvine and other stations in Ayrshire. “These trains are not allowed to stop in sidings for long periods of in case they leak radiation. Ayrshire CND is planning to meet with the local transport authority to raise safety concerns for the residents of the towns these trains pass through.” Ayrshire CND are looking for support in their campaign and to raise awareness of these forms of nuclear transport.
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