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MSPs condemn transport of nuclear warheads through Scotland

Twenty five Members of the Scottish Parliament have supported a motion condemning the transport of nuclear weapons after a nuclear warhead convoy was spotted travelling along the M74 motorway at the end of January.

Nukewatch: Warhead convoy monitoring indicates that UK has commenced decommissioning warheads

Nuclear warhead convoy

  The Ministry of Defence has commenced work to meet a government commitment to reduce the overall size of the UK's nuclear warhead stockpile according to the Nukewatch network, which monitors the movements of warhead convoys.

Convoy monitoring shows UK warhead programme is operating at a baseline level

The annual summary of UK nuclear warhead convoy movements published by Nukewatch for 2010 shows that the UK's nuclear warhead programme is currently operating a baseline level, with a minimum number of warhead movements taking place over the year. The number of movements is consistent with the maintenance and surveillance needs of the programme.  As well as convoy movements carrying nuclear weapons, a number of training exercises and vehicle familiarisation journeys also took place in 2010.

Nuclear Weapons not wanted in Scotland

Political row over the future of nuclear weapons at base. Tina Kemp, Scottish Lennox Herald, 24nd Oct 2008.

A fresh row has erupted over the future of Faslane Naval Base. Defence Secretary John Hutton visited the base last week to reinforce the government’s pledge to keep nuclear weapons in Scotland.

New nuclear weapons carriers to double for Special Nuclear Materials transport

Further details of the Ministry of Defence’s proposals to replace the vehicles used to transport nuclear materials by road have recently been released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request made by Caroline Lucas MEP.

A New Film Exposes Deadly Cargo on British Roads

Nukewatch and Camcorder Guerillas will launch their film on nuclear warhead transport at 12.30pm on Saturday 29th March at the Glasgow Film Theatre. The film sheds new light on the danger and secrecy surrounding the transport of nuclear warheads on public roads throughout Britain will be launched. Entry is free and DVD copies of the film will be on sale at the venue.

See a new video blog of nuclear warhead convoy on the road

Convoys transport nuclear warheads between the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Burghfield near Reading in Berkshire and the the Royal Naval Armaments Depot (RNAD) Couplort in Scotland. Warheads are stored, then deployed on Trident submarines before eventually being returned to AWE for servicing or to be scrapped.

Trident warhead carriers on M25 near Kings Langley flyover

Three TCHD Trident warhead carriers on M25 near Kings Langley flyover at Hemel Hempstead on Monday 9th January 2006. This was a the first day of a 5-day exercise before the operation to move warheads from AWE Burghfield to Scotland the following week.

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