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Nuclear waste train reaches the end of the line

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Nuclear waste train reaches the end of the line

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It is journey’s end for the train dubbed “Chernobyl on wheels” by critics.

Despite delays caused by demonstrators, it has reached a loading site in northern Germany where the nuclear waste on board is being transferred to lorries.

However police are bracing for further disruption when the controversial cargo begins the last leg of its tense trip from France.

The reprocessed waste will be transported by trucks from Dannenberg to a storage facility in Gorleben.

But anti-nuclear activists have other ideas. They have set up a makeshift camp on the route, blocking roads leading to the dump to try to stop the 123 tonnes of nuclear waste from reaching its destination.

On Sunday, violence erupted as police and protesters clashed. Overnight, 3,000 activists blocked the train with a sit-in on the tracks. Police removed them.

Anti-nuclear feelings are running high in Germany amid anger at Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent decision to pursue nuclear power.