SHOCKING LAPSES IN NUCLEAR CONVOY SAFETY

December 30, 2019

USING SCOTLAND’S ROADS TO TRANSPORT NUCLEAR BOMBS IS UNACCEPTABLE

 

The revelation that convoys carrying nuclear weapons and radioactive materials for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) have suffered 40 safety lapses since 2014 has been branded ”shocking.”

 

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request revealed the operational and engineering issues on convoys carrying nuclear bombs and hazardous radioactive materials.

 

The FOI revealed that safety incidents on the convoys which ferry Trident weapons included problems caused by poor maintenance. The SNP warn that MoD complacency whilst transporting nuclear bombs could be catastrophic.

Patricia Gibson MP said:

 

“People will be shocked to learn that Scotland’s roads are regularly being used by military convoys with nuclear warheads on board.

 

“Any safety lapse is concerning, but people will be surprised these issues are so common.

 

“It is bad enough that Scotland is forced to house these weapons of mass destruction, but these safety incidents are deeply worrying. There must be absolutely no complacency when it comes to handling nuclear weapons.

 

“The MoD has a history of secrecy, complacency and reluctance to report faults. Safety lapses such as these simply cannot be swept under the carpet.

 

“It is obvious that the only way to fully guarantee public safety is to remove these immoral weapons once and for all. The SNP will continue to oppose spending £205 billion on renewing the UK’s nuclear weapons.”

 

ENDS

 

 

 

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