The UK's customers have been ripped off by rail companies
Every single vending machine in the UK will have to be recalibrated after a probe into pricing found some travellers are charged hundreds of pounds more than other customers for the same trips.
A total of 16 million journeys are open to passengers at any given time but complicated pricing structures are leaving customers confused about how to get the best deal.
Currently money savvy train customers have been forced to use 'split and short ticketing strategies' in a bid to get the best prices.
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When you book a rail ticket, in a station or online, people should be given the cheapest price available at that time for their chosen journey.
These strategies involve buying separate tickets for various routes to get to their final destination in order to save money on longer journeys that are costing them as much as £300 more.
However not all customers are aware of the confusing train tickets pricing structures so the system is being overhauled to prevent complicated charging.
Single-leg pricing will be tested on the London-Glasgow and London-Edinburgh routes so that customers would always know the cheapest fare for their chosen journey, out and back.
Train customers are no longer going to be penalised
While route changes will be tested between London and Sheffield where regulations date back to when the direct service was much less frequent so that "best value" for customers is achieved.
Rail carriage terms and conditions are complicated lengthy potentially legally binding contracts that most consumers are usually unaware of.
Passengers are being forced to pay more by not being aware of ticket pricing
However the law makes it clear that unfair stealth methods of binding consumers with complicated language and schemes is against the Consumer Rights Act.
The Rail Delivery Group which represents rail companies said the overhaul will be the first major legal change since 1985.
But money saving expert Martin Lewis said: "When you book a rail ticket, in a station or online, people should be given the cheapest price available at that time for their chosen journey.
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“These changes will not make that happen.
"The changes do include split ticketing but only where you change train.
"Most of the big ticket train savings come where you don't change."
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The Government has been forced to intervene on this situation on behalf of the public who has been generally being ripped off for more than three decades.
Rail Minister Paul Maynard said: We are working closely with industry on a set of actions to improve fares and ticketing.
"The ticket-buying experience is all-too-often complicated and hard to navigate."
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