UberEats to grow across 40 UK cities and towns

Uber is aggressively growing its food delivery service UberEats and plans to open operations in 40 town and cities across the UK this year to combat rivals such as JustEat.

UberEats: plans to expand
UberEats: plans to expand

UberEats is currently available in just three UK cities, but according to a report in the Financial Times, Uber said that more than one million people have downloaded the app in the nine months since launch, a sign of the service's potential market.

On the basis that 55% of the UK’s population can order a car through Uber, the firm said it could replicate this coverage for UberEats.

Similarly to JustEat and Deliveroo, UberEats allows customers to order food from local restaurants at the touch of a button. Its expansion plans will see the service gain a presence at cities including Nottingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Liverpool.

UberEats currently has ties with more than 5,000 couriers and 2,000 UK restaurants, including Leon and Itsu.

Last month Uber launched an "urgent investigation" after a former employee made allegations of sexual harassment.