1. Uber starts new Thames river boat service

    Uber Boat

    Uber has joined up with Thames Clippers for the launch of its new service, Uber Boat.

    The service, which commences in London on Monday, will allow users to purchase tickets for Thames Clippers boats in advance through the Uber app and then use QR technology to board.

    The payment will be processed using Uber account details.

    Passengers will be able to use the service across a fleet of 20 boats on the River Thames, with departures from 23 piers across London.

    Thames Clippers' users can still purchase tickets via the existing methods, including touching in and out with contactless or Oyster and via its own ticketing app.

    Uber had its London private hire operator's licence revoked by Transport for London (TfL) in 2017 due to safety concerns.

    It was eventually granted a 15-month licence following an appeal, however TfL refused the ride-sharing firm's application for another new licence late last year after at least 14,000 trips were made with drivers who were not the ones shown on the app.

    An appeal against the decision is still ongoing