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Further cheap rail fare deals emerge

MORE train fare deals have emerged that allow passengers to save money by "splitting" their tickets and using other alternatives to a direct ticket.

As reported by The Herald yesterday, the Department for Transport is aiming to make such deals easier to find by making industry booking data freely available for app developers, predicting that this will produce a similar effect for consumers to the emergence of price comparison websites.

ScotRail ticketing staff have highlighted further anomalies which they say can help passengers save money.

They include return trips on the flagship Glasgow to Edinburgh route, in which the return leg is on a different day to the outward journey.

By purchasing a return a return, Anytime, ticket to Inverkeithing – but getting off at Edinburgh – passengers can save £3.30 compared to buying two separate singles.

This is because return tickets between the cities are only available for passengers returning on the same day, but longer trips allow returns over several days.

One ticket seller, who spoke on condition of anonymity, also said the best fare for travelling between Glasgow and Dundee using an Anytime ticket with no restrictions was £22.50, saving £3.80, if the journey was split into Glasgow-Perth and Perth-Dundee.

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