Leading UK public train operator, LNERtakes over Train line with its own version “Ticket section” is an increasingly popular method reduce the cost of travel by rail.
Due to the extremely complex pricing system on the railways in Britain, travelers can save money on many trips by buying two or more tickets for one trip. The practice is perfectly legal as long as the train stops at an intermediate station (stations).
There are several websites that allow travelers to search the internet for the optimal combination.
The section of tickets became massive when the independent retailer Trainline began to regularly offer them to users of its application with the icon “SplitSave”.
LNER, which operates trains on the East Coast main line from Scotland, north-east England and Yorkshire to London’s King’s Cross, is testing a category of tickets called “Smart Conservation”. Users of its apps are sometimes offered a point-to-point discount if the ticket is cheaper.
Smart Save offers are only available to LNER app users and can be submitted as e-tickets on smartphones or printed at home.
The train operator version is more sophisticated than the “SplitSave” option offered by Trainline because it allows the traveler to stay in the same place throughout the journey.
With the help of Trainline and other ticket providers, the passenger is often faced with the need to change seats at the station where the split occurs.
LNER says, “Reasonable compliance gives you the same big savings (or better) but no hassle. No confusing bunch of tickets or need to change in the middle of the trip (who wants to do that?).
“Relax knowing you have the same place throughout the trip (you can’t always get it if you buy elsewhere, we know crazy).
“One simple ticket, so you don’t juggle a handful of tickets (and try to figure out which one to show the train manager – what can happen if you buy on other websites).”
An example I saw The Independent offered to save £ 2 on a £ 24 ticket from York to Peterborough. But a series of test bookings shows that Smart Save seems to be in a very limited trial.
During a Peterborough-London Kings Cross trip on Saturday afternoon, a £ 18.50 ticket could be reduced to £ 13.60 by splitting tickets to Stevenage, saving more than a quarter of the fare. But this has not been suggested as a smart conservation option.
Also, Trainline offered no savings, and indeed the firm increased the ticket price to £ 18.50 by 5 per cent by adding a booking fee.
The LNER innovation extends to both previous and flexible (not at peak or anytime) tickets. Passengers with railway cards are entitled to an additional discount.