Why this should be is not difficult to fathom: the capital’s black cabs charge their fares according to regulations now overseen by TfL. You pay so much for starters, a fixed amount per mile or part thereof, and it’s more expensive at night. Those rates hardly ever change, whether all the buses and Tubes are running or not. They also don’t change if there are more, or fewer, black cabs out on the road.
“A journey from Waterloo to Hampstead rose from £11 to £33 … Wimbledon fans who would usually expect to pay £19 to get to South Kensington were being asked for £49”. Earlier, the Guido Fawkes Twitter feed had announced “If you want to avoid the bloody tube strike get a free £10 @UberUK first ride using this link”. Ten quid wouldn’t go very far for all those examples quoted by the Standard, would it?