UK's Nuclear Waste Train timetable.
Hundreds of thousands of us are unwittingly exposed to the
dangers of nuclear waste. Every week, trains carrying nuclear waste
trundle along the UK's outdated rail network through our villages,
towns and cities - often at peak times and only metres away from
ordinary passenger trains.
Blair has given the green light to a new generation of nuclear
power stations, which means more nuclear waste, more nuclear
transports - and more terrorist targets.
Because the public has the right to know about the risks that
Blair is putting us at, we've published a timetable of the nuclear
train routes. The timetable is frighteningly easy to work out.
Anyone could do it - just ask any train-spotter. So we're doing it
first, to make sure the government acts before terrorists do.
The transport of nuclear material is recognised by the
International Atomic Energy Agency to be the nuclear operation most
vulnerable to terrorist attack or sabotage. Tests have shown the
flasks to be highly vulnerable to attack from armour piercing
rounds. The trains are unescorted other than by a driver and a
guardsman. Their movements tend to be regular and along a single
route. And they stop in normal stations, close enough for the
general public just to lean over and touch -
or for a journalist to plant a fake "bomb".
Worse, the transports are completely unnecessary; the trains
carry spent fuel from each of the UK's nuclear reactors to
Sellafield for reprocessing. But, due to a radioactive leak, the
plant has been closed for a year and no reprocessing is actually
By taking the UK into a new nuclear age, Blair is putting us all
at risk. Nuclear power is not the solution to climate change. Two
thirds of the energy going into nuclear, coal and gas-fuelled power
stations is lost as wasted heat. Decentralised energy would allow
us to capture this heat and use it to heat nearby buildings and
For details of the times and dates of your local nuclear waste transport, download the timetable (pdf).
We've published the timetables to make sure the government acts
quickly on nuclear transports - accidents waiting to happen. Please
use the timetable to lobby the government about public safety and
security aspects of these transports. Write
to your MP demanding an end to nuclear transports through your
You can also help us to monitor nuclear trains passing through
your station. If you see a nuclear train at your station, take a
photo of it on your camera or mobile phone and send the image,
along with the location, to
with "Snap" as the subject.
Find out more
Download the report published by nuclear engineers John Large
& Associates, which investigates the potential threat that a
terrorist attack or serious accident might pose.