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10 October: news in brief

Urban transport eating ban proposed

THE outgoing chief medical officer Professor Dame Sally Davies is calling for a ban on eating and drinking on urban public transport. It is one of a number of recommendations in her last official report, which is about reducing childhood obesity. There is no further definition of what ‘urban’ public transport is, and her words have been variously reported, with some versions suggesting that it implies a ban on all food consumption on trains, although her report does not say this. The proposed ban would apply to all passengers, and not just children.

Bombardier managing director resigns

THE managing director of Bombardier Transportation in the UK has told the company that he intends to resign ‘for personal reasons’. Phil Hufton joined Bombardier at the start of October last year after moving from Network Rail, where he had been managing director for route businesses, England and Wales. Bombardier said Matt Byrne has taken over with immediate effect, although Mr Hufton will stay for a short period to help with the handover.

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