The BBC released an article a few weeks ago (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-19217111); explaining that while trains fares are set to rise, the public isn’t widely aware there is a cheaper way to buy tickets.
Split Ticketing involves splitting your fare into separate tickets meaning you can slash the cost of your journey but travel on the same train.
The BBC asks why split ticketing, which has been shown to be a cheaper way to buy tickets isn’t made more public, and instead consumers are led to believe that certain online train websites who don’t sell split tickets are offering them the cheapest possible fare.
ATOC (The Association Of Train Companies) makes a valid point that it would be impractical to offer split fares at train stations, “To provide someone at a ticket office with every single permutation to get from A to B is simply impractical and would lead to unmanageable queues at stations.” However you don’t have to queue to buy train tickets online, and given billions of pounds a year are spent doing this; the public should be made more aware of cheaper split tickets.
The BBC goes on to say that “10 minutes’ research could save you around 50% of your fare”. Sounds good; however what if that research was already done for you and all you had to do was buy your split tickets in a far shorter time. That’s where we come in; our aim is to make split ticket fares more public and provide an easy way to buy them.
It doesn’t really make sense why split-ticket journeys are cheaper, as the BBC says it’s “rather complicated and to do with the popularity of your destination and differing fares by different rail operators.” But it’s only right that as train prices are rising the public should be offered a way to cut the cost of their train journeys.
If your still confused about how this split ticketing thing works, check out our split ticket FAQ.
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