A group of train lovers devised a smart code to save you millions on rail tickets
They have names like Mike and Paul
You can now save a load of money on train tickets, thanks to a crack team of rail aficionados devoted to exposing cheap fares hidden from the public.
The transport heroes behind Trainsplit.com have designed a complex computer algorithm to discover the cheapest way of travelling between two stations — potentially saving passengers millions of pounds.
The coders say their site is a search engine for “split tickets” which breaks up your trip into different legs, giving you a cheaper combined fare on the same train.
Trainsplit’s current success rate for finding cheaper tickets is 42 per cent and the founders claim you can save an average of 22 per cent on fares available on booking sites.
They say a return from Manchester to London can cost £270 — but Trainsplit can slash the price to just £179.50.
Computer programmer Nick Brown met rail buffs Mark Richardson, George Sikkling and software developer Paul Kelly to launch the new site.
Using their vast databases of timetables and fares, the experts created the search engine to buy tickets broken down into cheaper legs.
Nick, 45, said: “Before we had access to this massive database, it would take the most hardcore of passengers to actually sit down with the National Fares Manual and go through it to find the cheapest deal.
“And you can’t stand at a kiosk and ask staff to work out the price of each individual journey.
“They don’t have enough time, and it’s not part of their job.”
The site has become so popular in the last few days it has crashed under “sky high demand” and the team are bringing in new servers to cope.
We’re sorry if you can’t connect – we’ve had to limit connections because of the sky high demand, but we’re getting new servers asap
— TrainSplit.com (@TrainSplit) February 23, 2015