Safety chiefs have moved swiftly to reassure a local businessman who has expressed fears about nuclear waste being transported by train through the borough. The company boss, who asked not to be named, raised his concerns after seeing trucks run through Wigan on weekday mornings sometimes up to four times a week depending on demand. They are carrying spent radioactive fuel rods from nuclear power stations across the country up the West Coast Main Line to British Nuclear Fuels Limited’s Sellafield nuclear power station site in Cumbria for reprocessing. Although timetable information remains classified, experts say that there are now in excess of 1,000 nuclear waste train operations across the UK annually.
Leigh Observer 7th Nov 2016 read more »