'Nuclear waste travelling through area'

PUBLISHED: 16:53 26 July 2006 | UPDATED: 09:39 24 May 2010

NUCLEAR waste is travelling through North Somerset aboard a train three times a week, according to Greenpeace

NUCLEAR waste is travelling through North Somerset aboard a train three times a week, according to Greenpeace.The independent campaigning organisation has just published details of the journeys radioactive waste makes every week throughout the UK.The group's website features a timetable which claims that a train carrying nuclear waste travels through the district on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Greenpeace says it has issued the information because the public has the right to know what is going on, and to ensure the Government acts 'before terrorists do'.Its website adds: "Every week, trains carrying nuclear waster trundle along the UK's outdated rail network through our villages, towns and cities - often at peak times and only metres away from ordinary passenger trains."The transport of nuclear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.

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