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Gett and Citymapper to launch new taxi-bus for London commuters

A new fixed-route taxi service means commuters can travel by black cab across London for a flat fare of £3

Uber may have taken control of the taxi market but in London could black cabs become the new buses? This idea is being explored by black-cab booking app Gett and urban travel planner Citymapper, in a collaboration to create a new fixed-route taxi service through London for a flat fare of £3, regardless of how long passengers travel along it.

In essence, it is a tech brand reinvention of the many other forms of taxi share that already exist in cities around the world. Gett began trialling its “Gett Together” service in January with three fixed black cab lines in London and one in Manchester. In the capital, these are Ladbroke Grove to Aldwych, Belsize Park to Berkeley Square and Clapham Junction to London Bridge, and in Manchester from Didsbury West to Piccadilly station.

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‘Africa’s Tate Modern’ – Cape Town’s Zeitz-Mocaa gallery opens

The largest contemporary art museum in Africa opens on Friday as a ‘platform for Africans to tell their own story’

A week before its public opening, the social spectacle surrounding the preview of Cape Town’s Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz-Mocaa) threatened to eclipse the art on display. There was a soiree hosted by Gucci. Hanging above the makeshift dancefloor was a giant rubber flying dragon by South African artist Nicholas Hlobo. In one of the museum’s white cubes, an installation of half-mannequins made from cowhide – Emabutfo by Swazi-born Nandipha Mntambo – became a backdrop for selfies. But the buzz was good and the free tickets for all four days of this weekend’s public opening (22-25 September) were accounted for online (the museum promised more would be available on the door).

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