SOUTHAMPTON residents can now book trips with a local taxi operator through Uber.

Uber has announced the launch of Local Cab in Southampton, which gives passengers the option to book trips with a local operator via the Uber app.

Anyone opening the Uber app in the city can select the Local Cab option, alongside regular Uber-operated options UberX and UberXL.

Any Local Cab trips will be passed to Radio Taxis and all subsequent customer support will be provided by them.

Simon May, CEO at Radio Taxis, said: “Local Cab is a win-win for both our drivers and passengers.

"Being able to book trips with local operators via the Uber app will enable passengers in Southampton to get from A to B quicker and easier, and drivers will gain access to new job opportunities and revenue streams – which we hope will be welcomed with open arms.”

The arrival of Local Cab in Southampton follows launches in over 40 towns and cities across the UK.

Jamie Heywood, Uber’s regional general manager for Northern and Eastern Europe, added: “We’re excited to add Southampton to our growing list of locations across the UK where riders can access Local Cab.

"This will help maximise earnings opportunities for drivers while giving passengers more choice, meaning that everyone will benefit. We’re looking forward to launching Local Cab in more UK towns and cities soon."

It comes just a few years after Southampton taxi drivers called for a review of Uber in the city.

Towards the end of 2019, Transport for London (TfL) announced it had not granted the ride-hailing firm a new private hire operator’s licence due to “several breaches that placed passengers and their safety at risk”.

This prompted Southampton taxi drivers to call on Southampton City Council to review Uber's licence in the city.

Over the recent Bank Holiday, a new ride-hailing app, Bolt, was also launched. 

It is said to offer an alternative mode of transport for residents, while helping them make the most of the local sights and attractions.