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18 October: news in brief

London transport commissioner announces departure

LONDON’S transport commissioner Mike Brown has announced that he will be leaving Transport for London when the Mayor’s current term of office ends in May next year. Mr Brown, who has been been commissioner since July 2015, is to become the chair of the Delivery Authority for the Restoration and Renewal of the Houses of Parliament. The Palace of Westminster, as Parliament is officially known, is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and needs significant work over the next few years.

Five charged following climate protests at stations

FIVE people have been charged with offences following Extinction Rebellion protests at two London Underground stations and one on the Docklands Light Railway. Some of the protestors were dragged from train roofs by angry passengers early yesterday morning. Two men and two women have been charged with obstructing a DLR train at Shadwell, while another man has been charged with breaching bail conditions in connection with the protest at Canning Town on the Jubilee Line. All five are due to appear before magistrates at Highbury Corner later.

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