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Aileen Campbell, SNP MSP for Clydesdale, has raised concerns with the Scottish Government regarding the shipment of nuclear bombs through the heart of her Clydesdale constituency during the recent bad weather. A military convoy travelling between the UK’s nuclear weapons factory in Berkshire and the Coulport armaments depot near Faslane was spotted using the M6, M74 and the M8 on Sunday night. It has provoked a national outcry over the use of the Erskine Bridge by its high-sided vehicles in the gusty conditions. There were 70 safety lapses with such convoys between 2007 and 2012.1

Ms Campbell said:

"The use of the Erskine Bridge in the recent strong winds highlights the disregard for public safety that accompanies these immoral weapons of mass destruction. These convoys travel along our main roads right through the heart of Clydesdale and it is clear from their safety record that such transportation is often accompanied by significant problems.

"There is no safe way to transport a nuclear bomb. If the MOD are happy to have their high-sided vehicles going over the Erskine Bridge in gusty conditions, then it shows the callousness of their thinking when it comes to the local residents the convoys pass on their travel. This should be a matter of grave concern to all of us in Clydesdale."

Notes

1. The article by Rob Edwards, first published in the Sunday Herald is available here: http://www.robedwards.com/2014/08/revealed-the-70-safety-mishaps-that-have-beset-britains-nuclear-bomb-convoys.html

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