Are UK's nukes safe? Convoy carrying nuclear bomb meets a serious road accident in Glasgow

11:56 AM | 27 Sep, 2016
Are UK's nukes safe? Convoy carrying nuclear bomb meets a serious road accident in Glasgow
GLASGOW (Web Desk) - An apparently benign road accident of convoy transporting nuclear bombs has raised the eyebrows of environmentalists spurring suspicions citing the safety of Kingdom's nukes.

According to the details, large military convoys transport Trident nuclear warheads about six times a year between the Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport on Loch Long and the bomb factory at Burghfield in Berkshire. They often pass through or near Glasgow.

The most recent convoy was stopped by protestors near Stirling on 15 September. It was delayed by 20 minutes after a 78-year-old anti-nuclear activist, Brian Quail, wriggled under the wheels of a convoy vehicle. The incident happened on the A84, at the junction of Back O’ Hill Road and Millennium Way, Raploch, around 5pm and lasted around 20 minutes, causing some disruption to commuters.

The protestor wanted to register protest against the skyrocketing duel for nukes.

Moreover, according to a new analysis, a road accident or a plane hitting the convoy could contaminate a large swathe of the city and put hundreds of thousands of people at risk.

In case of any unfortunate accident, Radioactive plutonium and uranium could leak from nuclear warheads and be blown up to 17 kilometers across East Dunbartonshire, according to the analysis.

Janet Fenton, an activist alarming administration about hazards of nukes transportation warned that transporting nuclear weapons was alarmingly dangerous.

“A serious convoy accident in Glasgow is a horrific prospect and an unacceptable and reckless approach to risk,” she told the Sunday Herald.

“A cloud of radioactive contamination could spread across the city and out into East Dunbartonshire without the permission or knowledge of those affected” she added.

On the other hand, an expert in nuclear security, Dr Robert Downes, told BuzzFeed News the risk of the kind of accident Thompson is fearful of is so small that it’s “hardly worth considering” and that only the “extremely unlikely” event of an aircraft crashing into a convoy could potentially set off a warhead.



The writer is a civil servant.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 4 March 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on March 4, 2024 (Monday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.3 for buying and 282.45 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 4 March 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.3 282.45
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.13 27.43
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89


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