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UK transport boss urges ministers to get people back on trains and buses

David Brown says encouraging people into pubs but not back onto public transport is absurd. The boss of Go-Ahead, one of Britain's biggest bus and train operators, has accused the government of maintaining 'absurd' and contradictory coronavirus policies over public transport and pubs. David Brown, Go-Ahead's chief executive, urged ministers to change an approach that has encouraged people to go to pubs and restaurants while staying cautious about using public transport.

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Friday, 25 September 2020

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  • UK transport boss urges ministers to get people back on trains and busesDavid Brown says encouraging people into pubs but not back onto public transport is absurd. The boss of Go-Ahead, one of Britain's biggest bus and train operators, has accused the government of maintaining 'absurd' and contradictory coronavirus policies over public transport and pubs. David Brown, Go-Ahead's chief executive, urged ministers to change an approach that has encouraged people to go to pubs and restaurants while staying cautious about using public transport.
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