TRAIN operators say companies offer a wide range of fares to attract as many passengers as they can – and use of the railways continues to grow.
A spokesperson for the Association of Train Operating Companies said: “There are some situations when it is possible to find a combination of tickets that are cheaper than a direct fare.
“This is a result of there being more than 20 train companies that offer services between all 2,500 stations in Britain.
“British Rail stopped using a ‘cost-per-mile’ basis for train tickets in the 1960s, and today train companies work to offer passengers a wide range of fares to attract as many people as they can to the railways – they have had considerable success, with more people travelling now than since the 1920s and passenger numbers continuing to rise.
“Under government-set regulations, operators are obligated to sell passengers the cheapest ticket for the journey they are making.
“Offering every single possible combination of tickets for a route would be extremely impractical, but if a passenger asks for more than one ticket, that is what they will be sold.”