Train booking app launches split ticket service after fare complexity forces travellers to drive

Other savings are even higher. Travellers could save up to £80.10 on journeys between Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston and £79.85 on a fare between Edinburgh Waverley and London King’s Cross. The Trainline will display all necessary tickets in its mobile app, meaning consumers can avoid carrying multiple paper tickets on their journey.

In some cases, travellers have had to resort to extreme measures to cut the cost of travel. In 2018, Cricket fan Colin Hinchley had to purchase 10 tickets to make a return journey between Derby and Southampton to watch an England Test match. Mr Hinchley saved more than £90 by splitting his journey at Coventry, Banbury, Oxford and Basingstoke. However, he had to carry carry 26 paper tickets, including seat reservations and receipts, on his journey. 

The Rail Delivery Group, which represents train companies and Network Rail, has previously called for the government to overhaul the current train ticket system. It found that 84pc of travellers want to see the fares system reformed.

Darren Shirley of the Campaign for Better Transport, a passenger group, said ways to reduce the cost of travel were welcome, but he criticised the complex nature of the fares system.

“Passengers should not have to resort to splitting tickets in order to find the best deal,” he said. “The Government must reform the over-complicated fares and ticketing system.”