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…