Military convoy carrying nuclear weapons spotted crossing Glasgow on M8

A military convoy suspected of carrying nuclear weapons was seen passing through Glasgow over the weekend.

Glasgow Live were alerted to the presence of the convoy crossing Glasgow on the busy M74 and M8 motorways on Saturday around noon by Nukewatch UK activist Jane Tallents.

The convoy – which was said to have consisted of four nuclear warhead carriers alongside several police cars and a fire engine – was spotted on the access road to the Erskine Bridge after stopping in the lane of ` “ abnormal loading ” in video footage posted to Twitter. .

It comes after a convoy was reported near Hamilton services on the M74 in March.

It is understood he was heading to RNAD Coulport on Loch Long near Helensburgh – the UK’s Trident program nuclear warhead storage and loading facility.

The convoy was watched by Nukewatch UK – which tracks and monitors convoys carrying Trident nuclear warheads from the UK through the route from the Burghfield Atomic Weapons Establishment near Reading to Coulport.

Anti-nuclear activists have already worried about what might happen if a serious accident occurs.

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Back in September, Glasgow Live reported how a military convoy of 26 vehicles was spotted passing through Balloch and Loch Lomond on its way from RNAD Coulport to AWE Burghfield – carrying what are believed to be six Trident nuclear warheads.

The group said Glasgow Live in September that the military convoy makes the trip about six times a year when it “dismantles the warheads to refurbish them and then transports them again”.

The convoy normally consists of huge leaded trucks carrying the nuclear warheads, as well as a fire engine in case of fire, a moving workshop, a decontamination unit, a tow truck and dozens of MOD police vehicles.

Activist Jane had raised fears that in the event of a serious accident involving the convoy in Glasgow, this would mean parts of the city would have to be evacuated and could potentially put severe pressure on local hospitals.

She added: “We are concerned that emergency plans for a serious accident with a convoy mean that the injured would have to be taken to hospital and obviously at that point they could be contaminated. by the material of the weapon and so they would all be placed in isolation.

“The chances of an accident are pretty low, but the consequences of one are not. All other contingency plans for this … it’s not just the victims, it’s everyone who is within 600 meters of the accident should be evacuated. “

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