Londoners took more than 45,000 uberPOOL journeys in the first week of the service going live

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UberPOOL only went live in London last Friday.

More than 45,000 UberPOOL journeys were completed in London within a week of the service going live in the city, Uber said in a press release.

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UberPOOL allows customers to book a ride to a destination and reduce the cost by sharing part of the journey with a stranger traveling in the same direction.

Uber officially launched UberPOOL in London at 4PM last Friday, although some users said they were able to access it from around midday.

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Uber says passengers can save 25% if they use UberPOOL instead of the widely-used UberX, which is the next cheapest option.

Almost two-thirds of drivers using the Uber app in London are thought to have carried out an UberPOOL trip in the last week.

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UberPOOL launched in San Francisco in September 2014 and has expanded to 17 cities across the world since.

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