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July 9, 2015

Uber cashes in on Tube strike

Commuters complain that the company has raised prices by as much as 300%.

By James Nunns

Uber is capitalising on the London Tube strikes by raising fare prices by as much as 300%, as commuters seek out alternative ways into work.

The company, which sent out an email titled, ‘Keeping London Moving’ stated that they would: "be doing everything possible to help you get from A to B." What they failed to mention was that this would be at an elevated price.

Many found that the fare has been raised as much as three times the minimum fare. While the company works on a system of ‘surge pricing’ the hike in price will have angered many and raises questions about the unregulated transport.

Although the company encouraged people to share cabs to reduce the fare, some passengers went onto Twitter to vent their anger and claim that the company had raised its fare by 300%.

Uber criticism

The company also published some tips for commuters, to make them aware of where the hot spots for demand are and at what time, based on figures from last year’s strike.

Uber rush hour heat map

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Locations around Soho, Mayfair, the City, Clerkenwell and Canary Wharf will all become extremely busy as the evening rush hour starts at around 5pm.


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