London public transport options added to Uber app
Uber has added public transport information for Greater London to its app for the first time, which will show bus and train information alongside its own ride-hailing options.
The firm said it wants to help reduce private car ownership and air pollution in the city by promoting wider transport options.
From today, users will see a new “Public Transport” option appear when they enter a destination, which will show real-time London Underground and bus information as well other train, tram, riverboat, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) and Overground access, alongside Uber’s various journey options.
Jamie Heywood, the app’s regional general manager for northern and eastern Europe said: “London is home to the world’s most iconic public transport network, and we’re excited to now provide live transit information in the Uber app.
“Over time, it’s our goal to help people replace their car with their phone by offering a range of mobility options – whether cars, bikes or public transport – all in the Uber app.”
Earlier this month, Uber announced it would begin charging an extra pound for journeys in London’s congestion charge zone to help drivers pay the £11.50 daily fee charged by Transport for London (TfL) for entering the area in the centre of the capital.
The firm said it would make car-sharing UberPool journeys and those involving wheelchair accessible vehicles exempt from the new charge to “help reduce traffic and toxicity in London”.
David Reich, Uber’s head of transit said: “With 3.5 million Londoners relying on Uber, we recognise the important responsibilities that come with being a good partner to this great global city.
“We share many of the same goals as the cities that we serve and are committed to addressing the same challenges: reducing individual car ownership, expanding transportation access and tackling air pollution.”