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Uber tripled its fares in London for this reason

A strike of London’s Underground workers Thursday led to Uber, maybe unsurprisingly, tripling its fares due to high demand.

The ride-sharing service’s surge pricing kicked in during the strike, going as high as three times the typical fare for a ride.

Uber defended the London price hikes, saying its pricing policy is fully transparent.

“Drivers work on the Uber platform on a completely flexible basis, as much or as little as they want,” Uber said in a statement to Quartz. “During times of peak demand … fares increase temporarily to incentivise more drivers to work on the platform.”

Still, those on social media were quick to complain about the incident.

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To help with transportation in the city, London made additional buses, bicycles, and riverboats available, Quartz reported. About 4 million take the Underground in London each day, CNN said.

In the past, Uber has suspended surge pricing for certain events, including a New York City blizzard in January.

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