THE routes nuclear waste from other power plants will travel to reach Bradwell have been revealed.

Controversial plans to allow Magnox to remove a planning condition barring it from storing waste removed from other plants was approved by Essex County Council in August.

The intermediate level waste, which would come from Sizewell in Suffolk and Dungeness in Kent, typically consists of sludge, sand, gravel and metal.

As part of the approval Magnox is required to provide the route the waste will travel once in the Dengie after arriving by train and road.

County Hall will have to approve the plans before any movement begins.

Some waste will arrive by train to Southminster railway station. Once it has arrived it will be taken via the B1018, Steeple Road, Foxhall Road, Batt’s Road, Bradwell Road, Steeple Road, Maldon Road, Trusses Road and the Bradwell Site Approach Road.

Maldon and Burnham Standard:

  • The route by road

Maldon and Burnham Standard:

  • The route by rail and road

Southminster councillor Adrian Fluker predicted chaos.

He said:‘ “It is almost impossible for an articulated lorry to turn right from Queens Road into Steeple Road.

“Amazingly the other thing they have missed is the fact that as the Theadhams Farm development progresses Steeple Road will actually be closed off to through traffic – The alternative route via Dairy Farm Road presents similar problems too.

"In my opinion the only sensible and safe route from Southminster Station to Bradwell Power Station is via the roundabout at Latchingdon.”

Mr Fluker said the use of the railway would “bring a lot of heart ache to everyone in Southminster”.

The application said: “The proposed route seeks to utilise the most appropriate classified highways available, rather than those providing the most direct route between the Southminster railhead and Bradwell site.

“In particular, it seeks to avoid small villages where roads may be narrow, in need of repair or otherwise inappropriate.

“In particular, the villages of Asheldam, Dengie and Tillingham have been avoided.”

Other waste will travel by road via B1018 to Latchingdon, followed by the unclassified road C111 through Mayland and Steeple, and then the B1021 to the Bradwell site

A spokesman for Magnox said: "Our plans to import Intermediate Level Waste (ILW) to Bradwell from our Sizewell A and Dungeness A sites were approved by Essex County Council in September 2016.

"As part of its approval, Essex County Council placed a condition on Magnox to submit a Transport Management and Monitoring Scheme, setting out more details of our plans.

"We look forward to the outcome of the consultation currently being run by Essex County Council on this and we will continue to work closely with our stakeholders as we progress our plans."