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Redfern Travel has introduced a new taxi booking service through its existing online booking tool.
The Bradford-based TMC has teamed up with taxi specialist Cabfind and technology firm Micros Travel to offer the new option to clients through its Trips tool.
The new service allows travellers to book taxis across the UK both from their homes to a station or airport and also to their meeting or event at the other end of the journey.
Mark Bowers, joint CEO of Redfern, said he believed the company was the first TMC to offer this kind of service in the UK.
“What we have created with Cabfind is essentially a GDS for taxis by pulling together different providers across the UK,” said Bowers. “It’s just for UK taxis although potentially it could be introduced overseas.
“It works from postcode to postcode and is designed as an end-to-end solution. We focused on the UK because we have the central government contract for employees who travel predominantly in the UK.”
The new facility also searches for the best available train ticket and best value accommodation for the entire trip.
“The system not only saves them time and money, it can now help them better manage their taxi spend. The days of ringing five different cab companies, trying to police taxi use and collecting receipts are long gone.”