Nuclear weapons convoy: January 2016

The first warhead convoy of the year left AWE Burghfield just after midnight on Saturday 9 January, arriving at RNAD Coulport at around 7.00 pm on the same day. The convoy was followed by Nukewatch up the M40 and on to the A46 past Coventry, and then back on to the motorway network on the M6 to Stafford. The convoy continued north on the M6, stopping to change crew near Preston, and then drove into Scotland on the M74. At Stirling it was greeted by protesters, including students from Stirling University. Despite efforts by police to prevent people from photographing the convoy, a number of members of the public have posted video footage on the internet showing the convoy during its journey.

The return trip took place a week later, with the convoy leaving Coulport at around 10.00 am on Saturday 16 January. It again passed through Stirling and then travelled on the M80 past Glasgow in heavy snow. It arrived back at Burghfield early in the morning on Sunday 17 January.

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We think that it is very important that Nukewatch continues to monitor the safety of UK nuclear warhead convoys, and that Convoy dangers are highlighted to the general public and those along its routes.

But we still think it's important that Nukewatch is not seen to be helping potential terrorists. So we do not put technical information on the websites such as vehicle number plates and short break locations in lay-bys. We only put out convoy movements in advance to our own network. This also means that we would not alert the media in advance, except to contact known and trusted journalists who might come along to report a convoy passing.