GUEST BLOG: Nuclear Trains, Leafletting at Warrington & Sellafield Fallout
by Martyn Lowe of Close Capenhurst Campaign
While Leafleting at Warrington Bank Quay Station on Tuesday August 25th 2015
Tuesday afternoon I went over to Warrington again in order to do some more
leafleting about the nukiller waste trains which go through the town. This
time it was just the two of us doing it as that’s all which is needed with the
number of people who pass through the station. It was just John who is 78 &
myself who’s 65.
We have been leafleting the station together a number of times over the last
year or so. Thus we got some people saying they had received our leaflets the
other week. That’s good as it means we are now starting to build an awareness
of the issue in the area.
Then came the interesting interlude when a transport police car drove in the
forecourt & one of the 3 cops in it came over to have a word with us. He said
that they had been alerted about us being outside the station, and how it was
a waste of his time to of been called out.
[ Very obviously we had been reported or perceived as being young dangerous
tearaways who needed to be watched.]
The funny thing being we always leaflet at the same spot, which means we get
to pass them on the maximum number of people, and is not on railway land.
That’s why just the two of us is all that’s needed at any one time.
As I keep saying about these leafleting sessions.
We are there to communicate our concerns & not holding a demonstration.
Anywise – we had a chat with the said railway police officer about the waste
trains going through the station, and I mentioned in passing when they are
scheduled to pass through the station. He asked me how I know and so I told
him about the realtimetrains website.
He said he was not aware of it, which is exactly the same line I’ve heard from
the transport cops while leafleting at Chester station.
All of which makes me wonder just how well informed the transport police are
about just what hazardous goods are transported on the railways.
End of story – after this friendly chat he was happy with what we were doing.
So we shook hands goodbye & waved to him as he drove on to the next location.
There is one other interesting aspect to this story.
The policeman we talked with mentioned in passing that he had been up to Cumbria, and met with some of the Civil Nukiller Constabulary [ CNC ] at Sellafield. One of the CNC told him that if there was a major ‘accident’ at the plant, then the area effected by any fallout would stretch over to Northern France.
Now that’s something which is not normally mentioned by Sellafield Ltd.
We will be back to do some more leafleting at Warrington in a while.
MANY THANKS to MARTYN and his colleagues at Close Capenhurst Campaign and to the Nuclear Trains Action Group for keeping the issue alive… is anyone listening???