A man has revealed how he saves £360 on a train journey to and from work – by buying nine separate tickets.
Kieran Maguire, 60, was horrified to discover his return journey from Haywards Heath to Liverpool Lime Street would cost £441.20.
The lecturer travels up to twice a week to teach accounting and finance at the University of Liverpool and was therefore keen to find an alternative.
He’s found that if he splits his three-hour, 48-minute train journey into multiple tickets—instead of buying a single ticket—he could save a lot.
Now he’s buying nine tickets – five to Liverpool and four home – for just £81.70.
The hack – known as split ticketing – saves him £359.50 on every trip and he’s been using it for over three years.
Kieran changes trains three times en route to Liverpool and four times on his return home to Sussex.
The 60-year-old said: “I’ve been doing this journey for a couple of years now – over three years.
“I’m an old man and have a senior rail card which saves me around £350 a journey compared to a standard return ticket.
“There are some very good split ticketing websites you can use right now and that’s fine for someone like me who knows the train system.
“I’m a regular commuter but if you’re a tourist or don’t usually travel the price will come as a shock.”
The University Lecturer travels once or twice a week from his home in Sussex to Liverpool where he is a Lecturer in Accounting and Finance at Liverpool University.
Kieran said he was “frustrated” by the situation and that the recent strikes had added extra stress to his already stressful trip.
He said: “Today I had to go to London at 6.38am to catch a train as I couldn’t catch the train 40 minutes later as it was very expensive then to board the train at Crewe.
“It’s supposed to be a network and the nature of a network is that they are connected, but this is the opposite of a network as it causes you to work disjointed.
“The strikes have put additional strain on travel.
The tickets he buys for his trip to Liverpool are
Haywards Heath to Gatwick Airport: £5.20
Gatwick Airport to London Blackfriars: £12.90
London Blackfriars via Underground to London Euston to Crewe: £14.65
Crewe to Liverpool Lime Street: £12.45
And on the way home
Liverpool Lime Street to Crewe: £12.45
Crewe to London Euston: £8.55
London Euston to Croydon: £6.45
Croydon to Gatwick Airport: £3.85
Gatwick Airport to Haywards Heath: £5.20
“I think there needs to be more focus on the greater needs of passengers.
“From a business perspective, it creates that level of uncertainty and people will drive, which is not good for you and good for the environment.
“Commuters want a fair price and a reliable system.”
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