Uber has launched its Local Cab service in Swindon for the first time, with major local operator Swoop coming on board.
Uber has also announced further extensions of the Local Cab service in Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent. These include Goodwins Cars in Manchester and New Moon Cars of Stretford, two operators recently acquired by leading Manchester operator Street Cars, which already accepts Uber jobs via the Local Cab network.
Also coming on board in the Greater Manchester area is the major Elton Blueline group, which operates throughout Bury, Rochdale and Bolton, and as far north as Burnley in east Lancashire.
Bolton-based PAL Cars & Bradshawgate has also joined the service, along with Stoke-based ABC Coaches.
Since Uber’s successful pilot of Local Cab last year, the service has launched in almost 100 locations across the UK. Customers opening the Uber app in these locations can select the Local Cab option, alongside regular Uber options. Local Cab trips will be booked directly with local operators, and all subsequent customer support will be provided by them.
The arrival of Local Cab in Swindon follows previous launches in nearby Bristol and Bath. Dave Scaramanga, Owner of Swoop, said: “We’re proud to bring Local Cab to the people of Swindon. This provides another way for customers to book with us – and for anyone visiting Swindon that already uses the Uber app, Local Cab will make it easy for them to book a ride with a local operator.”
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 to extend it to more operators. Delivering the best transport options to passengers remains our top priority, as well as boosting local economies and creating new earning opportunities for drivers.”