Updated: Oct 11, 2021
Uber have announced the latest towns to join its Local Cab platform by launching in the north-west’s Lytham St Annes and Kirkham area, and also Scotland’s Hamilton and East Kilbride respectively.
Following on from what the company deems to have been a successful pilot of Local Cab earlier this year, ride-hailing firm Uber are continuing its expansion of the service to other areas of the UK.
Anyone opening the Uber app in the four new towns will be presented with the Local Cab option, which connects them with a local taxi firm. Uber app users in Lytham St Annes and Kirkham will be connected with Kirkham Macs Taxis, and requests in the Hamilton and East Kilbride area will be sent to Hastie Cars and Kelvin Kabs.
The Local Cab option allows Uber’s app to integrate with Autocab’s iGo network, which has the potential to connect passengers with 80,000 private hire and taxi drivers in the UK. The Local Cab pilot marked the first time the two technology companies have worked together since Uber reached an agreement to acquire Autocab in August 2020.
John Coombes, Managing Director at Kirkham Macs Taxis, said: “We’re proud to bring Local Cab to the people of Lytham and Kirkham. This provides another way for customers to book with us – and for anyone visiting Lytham and Kirkham that already uses the Uber app, Local Cab will make it easy for them to book a ride with a local operator.”
Ash Kebriti, UK General Manager, Uber, said: “The Local Cab pilot has proved to be a success for local operators, riders and local economies. Local operators have seen increased demand for trips and are now actively recruiting new drivers, which is having a positive impact on the local economy. We are now excited to roll the product out to more towns and cities across the UK.”
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