Nuclear convoys – Pontefract public meeting

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Nuclear convoys – Pontefract public meeting

14 September @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Image of miltary trucks on a public road with a police escort

Trident nuclear warheads and radioactive materials are frequently transported between MoD bases by road, often passing Pontefract on the A1. The equipment is transported in convoys of up to 20 vehicles.

The convoys are meant to be secret, and carry no warning symbols to alert first responders of the radioactive contents in the case of an accident. The local authorities and emergency services are not informed or warned before a convoy passes through.

Despite the supposed secrecy, the convoys are tracked on social media and photographed en route.

A 2014 MoD report revealed that, in preparedness exercises, responses to accidents were woefully inadequate. There have reportedly been 180 “safety incidents” with the convoys since 2000. A serious accident near Pontefract could have catastrophic implications for local people.

This meeting is being organised in conjuction with local residents, and is for anyone who is interested in, or would like to find out more about nuclear convoys. All are welcome, and refreshments will be provided.

Details

Date:
14 September
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Organiser

Yorkshire Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (YCND)
Phone:
01274 730 795
Email:
info@yorkshirecnd.org.uk
Website:
https://yorkshirecnd.org.uk

Venue

St Joseph’s School
Newgate
Pontefract,YorkshireWF8 4AAUnited Kingdom
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