Gavin Newlands, the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, has condemned the transport of highly radioactive nuclear waste through Paisley Gilmour Street.

The fuel cores from Hunterston B Nuclear Power Station passed through Paisley – one of Scotland’s largest towns – at 1.35pm on Wednesday 2nd February 2016.

Each train carries 2-3 flasks of waste between Hunterston, Torness and Sellafield, criss-crossing the most highly populated parts of Scotland.

The trains use the ordinary trail service, slotted in between other freight trains and passenger trains. Recent repairs to the west coast mainline meant that trains took some unusual routes, weaving between Scottish towns.

The sealed flasks contain spent nuclear fuel rods and water to cool them.

Members of Scottish CND filmed trains carrying flasks of radioactive fuel passing through Gilmour Street station as passengers waited on nearby platforms.

The Renfrewshire MP has previously raised his concerns for public safety after 20-vehicle Ministry of Defense convoy travelled from Berkshire in the South of England to RNAD Coulport in Argyll.

The convoy was carrying nuclear weapons of mass destruction over the Erskine Bridge in Mr Newlands’ constituency. However, there was 70 lapses in safety between 2007 and 2012.

Gavin Newlands, the MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, said:
“I am deeply concerned that radioactive nuclear waste was transported through Paisley Gilmour Street, in one of Scotland’s biggest towns, early this week.

“This comes mere months after the Ministry of Defence’s blatant disregard for public safety when a 20-vehicle convoy of nuclear warheads passed through Renfrewshire and over the Erskine Bridge.
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We know that there were over 70 safety lapses between 2007 and 2012 – but yet they still continue.

“This does not instil confidence for us when we hear that nuclear waste is being transported through Renfrewshire. Of course, there is no safe way to transport or dispose of nuclear waste – these toxic trains have no place in Scotland or Renfrewshire.”

It’s thought that as many as three trains each week pass through Renfrewshire carrying the highly hazardous waste between Hunterston B power station, in Ayrshire, and the Sellafield nuclear decommissioning site in Cumbria.