I had to go to West Kirby yesterday. It was a Sunday, and who even knows what the timetables are these days with Covid, so I went to the journey planner on the Merseyrail app to find out when the trains were. It came up with the times, and also the fares for the journey:
For some reason, it is 25p cheaper for me to get a Wirral-only Day Saver ticket - which allows me as many journeys over Merseyrail on the peninsula as I want - than to get a simple Birkenhead Park-West Kirby return. This is obviously illogical and is probably down to some nefarious corporate shenanigans I am not privy to. All I know is, as a customer, I could save myself an entire quarter of a pound by getting a Day Saver. So I decided to do that.
I also remembered seeing Merseyrail's Twitter feed, and its website, and how it said you could buy the Day Saver online. Handy!
You can't buy a Day Saver from within the app. That would seem like the logical place to buy it - I was sat there with my phone in my hand, Apple Pay at the ready. But no. Instead I had to open the Merseyrail website on my phone and go to Buy Tickets Online there.
- Pick a journey
- Pick a ticket
- Press my finger to the Home button to pay
- Put it in my iPhone Wallet, or in the train company app, and activate it on the day
(Obviously, after all this wrangling, my ticket wasn't checked once, so I could've quite easily not bothered and saved myself the money).