Feb 20, 2018

Citymapper drops bus plans, looks to take on Uber

Citymapper has dropped plans to become a bus company and will instead attempt to take on Uber as a private hire taxi operator in London, after the popular mapping start-up was granted a licence from the city's transport authority on Tuesday. A few months later it launched a night bus route with TfL's permission in east London. Citymapper now plans to launch a private hire taxi service after it was granted a licence by TfL. The authority confirmed to the Financial Times the company had been awarded a licence even though an announcement of the move was removed from its website on Tuesday afternoon. In November, carmaker Ford outlined detailed proposals to run minibus shuttle services in central London through its Chariot subsidiary and was granted permission to launch the service from TfL last month. The decision to award Citymapper a licence will raise expectations that Uber can also strike a deal with TfL to win back its right to operate in its largest European market.

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