‘Uber is robbing people blind’: Furious commuters slam the ride sharing app for charging £64 for a FOUR MINUTE journey amid ongoing rail strikes
- Uber were criticised this morning after prices increased due more demand
- The app automatically surges costs if there are more orders than cars available
- Second of three rail strikes is underway today with just 20% services running
- Train strike live: Follow the latest TfL Tube and UK rail updates here as traffic chaos builds throughout country
Hundreds of commuters have been hit by surging prices on the taxi app Uber as Britain braces for a third day of chaos in the biggest rail strikes for 30 years.
Costs for journeys dramatically increased today as the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union at Network Rail and 13 train operators are staging a second day of strike action today, with just 20 per cent of services running.
Taxi operators have admitted they were expecting a ‘significant’ surge in demand during the action.
Uber’s app automatically increases prices when demand outstrips the number of cars available.
One user was quoted £64 for a four-minute journey this morning as commuters are again jostling onto packed buses, driving or cycling to the office or school – as just a fifth of Britain’s usual services are expected to run, with even fewer in some areas.
The furious customer wrote: ‘Talk of cost of living, something needs to be done about companies like Uber robbing people blind.
‘Queues at Gatwick due to a train strike at 1am and they want to charge £64 for a four-minute journey.’
Meanwhile, Bhavin Purohit claimed his son’s Uber account had charged him £35 today for a usual £15 journey after taxi app Bolt reportedly ‘crashed’ due to demand.
He wrote: ‘Why are Uber drivers charging double the amount (£35 for a £15) for the same distance due to rail strikes?
‘My son has to take an Uber to work due to the strikes and Bolt has crashed.’
Hundreds of commuters have been hit by surging prices on the taxi app Uber as Britain braces for a third day of chaos in the biggest rail strikes for 30 years
One user was quoted £64 for a four-minute journey this morning as commuters are again jostling onto packed buses, driving or cycling to the office or school – as just a fifth of Britain’s usual services are expected to run, with even fewer in some areas
Heavy traffic in the early morning on the A40 at Perivale in West London this morning
A deserted Newcastle station as train services continue to be disrupted following the nationwide strike by members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union
Meanwhile, Bhavin Purohit claimed his son’s Uber account had charged him £35 today for a usual £15 journey after taxi app Bolt reportedly ‘crashed’ due to demand
The second of three rail strikes across Britain is underway today with just 20 per cent of services running and many parts of the country brought to a complete standstill.
Northern rail says it will only operate 10 per cent of services and some places will again have no trains at all after fresh talks were stalled yesterday without any new pay offer being made.
Services across the UK were affected from Monday evening, with just one in five trains running on strike days, primarily on main lines and only for around 11 hours.
Uber said it was experiencing ‘significant’ demand and has informed drivers in order to ensure enough cars are on the road.
Travellers are seeing surge pricing with Uber, because the fare increases automatically in response to real-time demand when there are not enough available cars – although the company caps surge prices during periods of significant disruption.
A spokesperson said: ‘We are expecting significant increases in demand as a result of strike action across the rail network next week.
‘We are informing drivers of the expected increase in demand to help ensure there are enough cars out on the road.’
KINGS CROSS: Kings Cross Station was deserted this morning as millions of commuters face a third day of chaos
MARBLE ARCH: Commuters queue for a bus near Marble Arch in London this morning
Britons are now being warned to brace for potential strikes in two weeks after socialist firebrand Lynch threatened to ‘continue with our industrial campaign until we get a negotiated settlement’. The RMT’s National Executive Committee can announce further strike dates with just two weeks’ notice. Network Rail is expecting a decision on new strike dates to be made as early as next week. Whitehall and railway officials fear the next wave could begin on July 9 in a blow to summer holidaymakers.
Rail lines will only be open between 7.30am and 6.30pm today, with trains mostly restricted to main lines, with around half of the network closed. Northern Rail says it will only operate 10% of services and some places will again have no trains at all. Londoners will be able to get around the capital via Tube and Overground today, though there is likely to be disruption.
Today’s mass walkout condemns millions of workers, patients and students to misery, undermines Boris Johnson’s WFH drive and inflicts another devastating blow to the UK’s wobbly economy – with experts warning that the strike action could clobber the beleaguered hospitality sector by £500million this week alone.
Commuters will now have to choose whether to battle into the office by bus, car or bike, or WFH again as Lynch’s actions drive people out of town and city centres, effectively plunging the UK into ‘another lockdown’. Industry bosses fear that the strikes could inflict a final fatal blow on thousands of hospitality businesses already crippled by two years of Covid restrictions.
NEWCASTLE: RMT members outside Newcastle station as train services are disrupted by the national strikes today
PETERBOROUGH: Trains waiting in sidings near Peterborough station on the second day of the nationwide rail strike today
Ministers fear Britain could face a summer of strikes as unions flex their muscles in pursuit of inflation-busting pay rises.
The National Education Union yesterday warned that schools could be next in line for strike action unless ministers stump up ‘inflation-plus pay increases for all teachers’. Unions representing doctors, nurses, civil servants and postal workers are also threatening industrial action over pay. Some have even demanded settlements 5 per cent above inflation – which yesterday hit 9.1 per cent.
An Uber spokesperson said yesterday: ‘As a result of the strike action currently taking place on the National Rail and London Underground network, we have capped the level that prices can surge, and all users are shown the price of their trip before they book. We are also working hard to ensure that there are enough drivers out on the road to match demand.’
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