On the left, the 1pm Cross-Country train to Manchester Picadilly. Busy with passengers headed north to Birmingham and beyond.
Drawn up alongside, the Direct Rail Services freight from Bridgwater. On board, two flasks of highly irradiated spent nuclear fuel rods from Hinkley Point, on their way to Sellafield where the plutonium will be extracted and stored to try to keep it out of the way.
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Direct Rail Services, the only publicly owned rail-freight company in the UK, being run by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. Hinkley Point is owned by Electricite de France (EDF), who will aim to keep the waste flowing by building Hinkley Point C, with French and Chinese capital and generous operating subsidies from the UK government. Sellafield is, like the trains, in the ownership of the NDA, but is run by Nuclear Management Partners, a consortium of the URS Corporation (USA), AMEC (UK) and Areva (France). Emergency Planning services at Sellafield have been contracted out to those exemplars of integrity and good practice, SERCO (honest!). Emergency planning in Bristol is provided by the council's Civil Protection Unit. Cross Country is owned by Deutsche Bahn.