From the start of January, my job is moving: - I will be working three days a week in Bridge Street, Manchester (the other two days will be working from home). *Edited to add*. Nearest station is Salford Central, but Manchester Victoria/Oxford Road/Deansgate are all easily walkable. - home is Bootle, Merseyside. Nearest stations are Bootle Oriel Road and New Strand. Kirkdale is also easily walkable. - working day is 7 hrs 24 minutes, plus lunch, so I need to be at work for around eight hours a day - flexible working hours, but the office closes at 7.00 pm (and for choice I'd prefer to be home by then anyhow). - definitely six months of work, but not impossible that my work will return to Liverpool after that. - through the magic of an interest free credit card, no problem about initially funding a season ticket. It seems to me that my best option is to buy an annual Formby - Manchester stations (any permitted route) season ticket on 1 January, and seek a refund if the Manchester job wraps up before the end of the year. But (a) is there anything in the way of cheaper tickets that I have overlooked? (b) if the Formby - Manchester ticket is the best bet, is it valid via Kirkby as well as Southport/Wigan and Liverpool? Thanks!