Virgin Trains to launch split ticketing app to save passengers money on trips

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A train firm has announced a split ticketing app to help passengers save money on trips, but the industry body has said that it fails to address the real issue.

Virgin Trains is launching a mobile app which helps passengers take advantage of split ticketing to save money on journeys, claiming it could save passengers £1 billion.

Split ticketing involves buying multiple tickets for separate sections of one journey, with a combined price which is less than the standard fare.

In one extreme case in 2017, a Newcastle United fan bought 56 tickets to cover a return journey for him and his girlfriend to travel to Oxford for an FA Cup match, saving him £30.

The app, which will go live by the end of the year, will also introduce a fares cap similar to London’s Oyster card system.



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