“Like a player of popular board game Ticket to Ride, Trainline has broadened its horizons by buying a European expansion pack.
While it has been bedevilled by strikes in its core UK market, on the Continent it is growing rapidly.
Expanding in Europe is a solid move, particularly given many of these territories benefit from better invested rail infrastructure and more affordable ticket prices, which help drive more people to take the train.
AJ Bell’s Russ Mould said: “In the UK, the threat posed by the new state-backed Great British Railways and its own central ticketing hub has receded as, perhaps inevitably, the project has somewhat ground to a halt.
“Trainline must continue to prove it can be more than just a simple ticketing platform by offering innovative features, like flagging cost savings through splitting your journey into multiple tickets that cost less in total than one ticket for the whole route.”