I am resident in Marlow Bottom and my wife and I have been here for 27 years, and as we are also a B&B house we also use local taxis for our guests quite a lot. At the Regatta, which of course is a busy time for many businesses around the area and during the course of that week we had guests from USA who asked for details of how to get to the Regatta and this included assessing the cost of a taxi. Our local taxi service said it would be £20 each way from Marlow to Henley.
At the end of the week our daughter in law spent one day at the Regatta on business and decided to take a taxi from Henley Station to our house in Marlow Bottom she was told that it would cost £50! She was travelling by herself and does not really know the area and felt “obligated” to take this taxi. My son spoke to the taxi driver by phone when she told him about the price but the taxi driver was adamant that £50 would be the cost. We are surprised that she did not phone us as we could have collected her but not knowing the area she thought we were too far away although our son would have known the distance but I guess in the stress of the situation?
When the taxi arrived I tried to get out quick to talk to the driver about this horrendous fee but needless to say the taxi driver sped off down the road like a bat out of hell, so fast in fact that I could not even grab his reg number.
There is nothing we can do about this now but it is a lesson learnt for my daughter in law, but it is shocking that regular taxis (Hackney Carriage I believe) in Henley can take so much advantage of people, it is criminal activity in my book.