Liverpool: Man saves £360 on train journey by buying nine tickets

The hack – known as split ticketing – saves him £359.50 every time he travels (Picture: SWNS)

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 when he found out 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, so he was keen to find an alternative.

He realized that he had split his three-hour, 48-minute train journey into several tickets – instead of buying just one ticket – he could save a lot.

So now he’s buying nine tickets – five for Liverpool and four at home – for just £81.70.

The hack – known as shared ticketing – saves him £359.50 every time he travels, and he’s been using it for more than three years.

Kieran changes trains three times on the way to Liverpool and four times on his return to Sussex.

The 60-year-old said: ‘I’ve been on this trip for a few years now – over three years.

Kieran Maguire.  A man has revealed how he saved €370 on ONE train journey to and from work - by buying nine separate tickets.  See SWNS story SWSMtrains.  Kieran Maguire, 60, was horrified when he found out 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, so he was keen to find an alternative.  He realized that he had split his three-hour, 48-minute train journey into several tickets - instead of buying just one ticket - he could save a lot.  So now he's buying NINE tickets - five for Liverpool and four at home - for just ?80.  The hack - known as split ticketing - saves him 370.03p every time he travels, and he's been using it for more than three years.

‘I think there needs to be more emphasis on the increased need for passengers’ (Picture: Kieran Maguire/SWNS)

‘I’m an old man and have a senior rail pass and it saves me around £350 per journey as opposed to a standard return ticket.

“There are some great shared ticketing websites out there that you can now use and that’s great for someone like me who knows their way around the rail 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 professor travels once or twice a week from his home in Sussex to Liverpool, where he teaches accounting and finance at the University of Liverpool.

A man has revealed how he saved €370 on ONE train journey to and from work - by buying nine separate tickets.  See SWNS story SWSMtrains.  Kieran Maguire, 60, was horrified when he found out 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, so he was keen to find an alternative.  He realized that he had split his three-hour, 48-minute train journey into several tickets - instead of buying just one ticket - he could save a lot.  So now he's buying NINE tickets - five for Liverpool and four at home - for just ?80.  The hack - known as split ticketing - saves him 370.03p every time he travels, and he's been using it for more than three years.

Kieran was horrified when he found out his return journey would cost £441.20 (Picture: Kieran Maguire/SWNS)

Kieran said he was “frustrated” with the situation and recent strikes have added further stress to his already stressful journey.

He said: ‘Today I had to go to London to catch a train at 6.38am as I couldn’t catch the train 40 minutes later as it was very expensive to then join the train at Crewe.

“It’s supposed to be a network and the nature of a network is that they’re connected, but it’s the opposite of a network because it forces you to take a disjointed way of working.

“The strikes have added additional stress to the trip.


The tickets he buys for his trip to Liverpool are

Haywards Heath to Gatwick Airport: £5.20

From Gatwick Airport to London Blackfriars: £12.90

London Blackfriars via London Underground Euston to Crewe: £14.65

Crewe to Liverpool Lime Street: £12.45

And on the way back

From Liverpool Lime Street to Crewe: £12.45

Crewe to London Euston: £8.55

London Euston to Croydon: £6.45

From Croydon to Gatwick Airport: £3.85

Gatwick Airport to Haywards Heath: £5.20

“I think there needs to be more emphasis on the increased need for passengers.

“From a business perspective, it creates this 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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