Transport for London has launched a campaign against Uber, the ride-sharing service, as it seeks to expand its network in the city.
The company has launched in the country to seek to fill the gap left by the departure of the Royal Air Force as a provider of airlift services.
Transport for the City is launching a similar campaign.
The campaign was launched by the Mayor’s Office for Transport, with the support of Transport for England and the Royal National Institute of Health and Care Excellence.
“It is important that all citizens are able to access the services they need in a timely and secure way,” said Boris Johnson, Mayor of London.
“This campaign is designed to give people a sense of confidence that they can safely access these services, whether they’re travelling by car, on foot or by tube.”
The campaign aims to get people to use public transport.
“Uber has come to the rescue of London’s NHS, ensuring the safe and efficient use of our transport network,” said Mark Latham, the Mayor of Camden.
“We have seen huge improvements in the safety and accessibility of our public transport network since Uber’s arrival.
The Mayor’s Vision for the Next 50 Years is set to deliver a better, more integrated and efficient transport system.”
The Mayor’s Transport Team said it will be taking advantage of existing capacity to deliver more accessible, affordable and reliable transport for people across the capital.
“Uber has brought an amazing new level of service to London and its surrounding areas, offering a fast and secure, low cost and safe alternative to public transport,” said Jeremy Browne, Mayor for London.
The campaign also aims to show that the London NHS is committed to making the service as accessible as possible to patients, staff and patients’ families.
“London has an excellent network of NHS hospitals and the Mayor will work to ensure that the services offered by Uber are safe and affordable to people living in London, and that the Mayor remains fully committed to ensuring the London public transport system remains the most accessible in the world,” said the Mayor.
The Mayor is currently in Germany, where he will be attending the German Government’s Open Day, where the country’s transport minister has announced that Uber will soon be able to use its platform to transport patients to Germany, as the country begins to move towards a “commuter economy”.
The Mayor will also be travelling to London later this week to make a statement on the NHS’s new strategy to deliver safe, efficient, affordable, modern, connected, sustainable and secure public transport in the capital, which will be released at a public event on the morning of Friday 22 November.