Video shows unmarked ‘nuclear warheads’ convoy driving through Glasgow

A member of the public has managed to capture a video of an unmarked military convoy believed to be carrying a number of nuclear warheads heading through Glasgow on the M74. The convoy was spotted in broad daylight travelling westbound on the busy motorway at Junction 1A (Polmadie Road Interchange) on the south side of the city around 1pm on Saturday afternoon (May 22). The eyewitness informed Glasgow Live that it was made up of ‘over 40 vehicles’, including police cars and Ministry of Defence vehicles as it made its way towards the M8 south of the Kingston Bridge.

The convoy was monitored by Nukewatch UK – which tracks and monitors the convoys that transport the UK’s Trident nuclear warheads by road from Atomic Weapons Establishment Burghfield near Reading to Coulport.

NukeWatch UK campaigner Jane Tallents confirmed to Glasgow Live that the convoy was heading towards RNAD Coulport on Loch Long by Helensburgh – the storage and loading facility for the nuclear warheads of the United Kingdom’s Trident programme. The convoy was travelling from AWE Burghfield near Reading, where the nuclear warheads are both made and undergo repair works before they are transported (back) to RNAD Coulport to be put on the Royal Navy’s nuclear submarines. As a result, she was in little doubt that the convoy was indeed carrying nuclear warheads as it travelled on the motorway close to populated areas of Glasgow just two miles from George Square.

Jane Tallents told Glasgow Live: “Well it certainly left from AWE Burghfield where they assemble the nuclear warheads. These trucks are made to carry nuclear warheads specifically and they left from the place they make them and it went to the place where they store them and put them on submarines. “I always say well we obviously don’t know what’s in it but our suspicions are that it’s not as if they were carrying liquorice allsorts”.

According to NukeWatch UK, the convoy normally includes huge lead-lined lorries carrying the nuclear warheads, along with a fire engine in case a blaze breaks out, a moving workshop, a decontamination unit, tow truck and scores of MOD police vehicles.

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To sign up, simply enter your email address into this link here. Back in March, campaigner Jane expressed serious concerns that if a serious accident were to happen involving the convoy in Glasgow, it would not only mean that populated areas of the city would need to be evacuated, but also that an accident would put severe pressure on local hospitals. She said: “The chances of an accident are quite small but the consequences of one are not.

All the other emergency plans for it…it’s not just the casualties, it’s about anybody that is within 600 metres of the accident would have to be evacuated.”