London's transport authority has rejected claims it is "deepening" its relationship with Uber in a partnership that could offer customers access to public transport services through the ride-hailing company's app.
The denial came in response to a Financial Times report that Uber is seeking to partner with Transport for London (TfL) to incorporate London Tube and bus timetables. Citing un-named people familiar with the matter, the FT said Uber has spoken with Transport for London about "deepening" their relationship.
However a TfL spokesperson told CNBC that TfL is not specifically working with Uber to integrate those services into the company's platform but Uber is "more than welcome" to use TfL's data.
"TfL makes it data publicly available for developers and companies, which could include Uber, to use, however it is incorrect to describe this as a 'deepening relationship,'" the spokesperson said by email.
The FT said earlier Uber's long-term ambitions include accepting payments on behalf of TfL and building a journey planner that would integrate public transportation data, including live updates, into the Uber app.
Uber has not responded to CNBC's request for comment.
Uber's attempt to include public transportation data into its app would heighten competition with CityMapper, a London-based app that includes bus, rail and driving directions and schedules. CityMapper also recently launched scooter, cycling and moped transportation options on its platform. The company is backed by venture capital firms including Index Ventures and Benchmark Capital.