from The National, 13 January 2015
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has been accused of a “callous disregard for public safety” after a big nuclear bomb convoy was tracked driving through Glasgow and across the Erskine Bridge in appalling weather conditions on Sunday night.
The 20-vehicle convoy, including four high-sided heavy-duty weapons carriers, a fire engine, armoured personnel carriers and MoD police guards, arrived at the Royal Naval Armaments Depot at Coulport on Loch Long around 1am on Monday morning.
Though it’s meant to be top secret, it was watched and followed for most of its journey by anti-nuclear campaigners. It left the nuclear weapons factory at Burghfield in Berkshire at 9am on Sunday and used the M4, M40 and M6 to get to Scotland, and was filmed en route.
Between 11.35 and 11.55 on Sunday night the convoy was on the M74 and M8 going through Glasgow. It then crossed the Erskine Bridge despite illuminated warnings of “high winds” on the approach roads.
According to Traffic Scotland, drivers have been urged to use caution on the bridge since 9 January because of poor weather. Other bridges in Scotland have periodically been closed to high-sided vehicles because they could be toppled by strong gusts.