Customers will soon be able to save money when travelling on UK trains thanks to a new money-saving feature by Trainline.

The leading travel app has launched SplitSave - a new feature that gives customers access to split tickets on eligible routes across the UK, offering them the chance to make savings on thousands of journeys.

Clare Gilmartin, chief executive of Trainline, said: "We've been working closely with our industry partners on this exciting new feature, as it represents another big step in our shared goal of getting more people to pick train travel over cars and flights."

The new feature also means that UK train travellers could collectively save millions of pounds, said the company.

The system finds combinations of tickets to save customers money on almost two thirds of rail routes, automatically splitting trips into multiple legs, without the need for changing trains unnecessarily, it was claimed.

Trainline said examples of potential savings included £80.10 between Manchester Piccadilly and London Euston and £79.85 between Edinburgh Waverley and London King's Cross.

Anthony Smith, chief executive of independent watchdog Transport Focus, said: "We know that passengers can find it hard to know they have got a good deal, and only those 'in the know' have been able to take advantage of split ticketing.

"We are pleased to see Trainline launching this tool that will enable passengers to take advantage of cheaper journeys where they are available.

"Of course, people shouldn't need tips and tricks to know they are getting the best deal and so we want to see major fares and ticketing reforms coming out of the forthcoming Williams review."