Updated: Dec 14, 2022
Uber has today announced the launch of Local Cab in Surrey and Banbury, which gives passengers the option to book trips with a local taxi operator via the Uber app.
Anyone opening the Uber app in the areas can select the Local Cab option, alongside regular Uber-operated options such as UberX and UberXL.
Local Cab trips in Surrey will be passed to Reigate-based operator The RoadRunners Group to fulfill, and all subsequent support will be provided by them. Royal Cars will fulfil requests in Banbury alongside fellow operator Carriage Company who joined the platform in April 2022.
The arrival of Local Cab follows previous launches in over 65 locations across the UK, including the cities of Bristol and Bath.
Patrick Foster, Director at The Roadrunners Group, said: “We’re pleased to be working alongside Uber to improve the ride-hailing experience for our customers.
“Demand for taxi trips continues to grow across Surrey, so we’re confident that the Local Cab product will be a welcome addition, making travel easier for both drivers and passengers.
“We’re now able to provide our drivers with new job opportunities, and new streams of income, which we hope will boost our own recruitment drive and help us to expand our fleet in months to come.
“And for those booking taxis with us, it’s now easier than ever to secure a ride in minutes and get around the local area quickly.”
Andrew Brem, General Manager at Uber UK, said: “The success of Local Cab in towns and cities across the country has been great to see, and we’re thrilled that it’s now being made available to people across Surrey.
“Delivering the best transport options to passengers remains our top priority, as well as boosting local economies and creating new earning opportunities for drivers.
“Riders can now book a trip with a local operator via Local Cab, or opt for the usual in-app alternatives such as UberX and Uber XL.”