Taxi companies merge to improve service

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 | MERGER

Two taxi companies based in Darlington have merged in order to expand business and improve their services.

ABC Taxis and 1AB Taxis will join forces in a move that will see them become the largest operator in the borough.

Together they expect to serve about 90,000 customers a month and will operate a fleet of some 100 vehicles, including minibuses available for hire.

Chris Bainbridge, director with 1AB, spoke to the Northern Echo about the merger: ”Obviously we are increasing and looking to expand from a business perspective and on improving the service offer.”

The merger should be of benefit for both firms, who have previously been long-term rivals in the Darlington area. It will see Stuart and Christopher Mason, the directors of ABC, join 1AB as both directors and shareholders and the companies coming together to operate from offices in Telford House in Darlington.

1AB taxis was established in the area in 1983 and has followed a gradual route to expansion catering for clients on both business and leisure.

The news comes as taxi companies across the country are being put under pressure by the disruptive force of Uber.


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