Did you pay ?If the above is correct, this is actually a major change in policy and should be challenged.
For my part, I'm travelling that route on IR the week after next, and if I am required to buy a ticket I shall complain to Interrail and seek a refund of the amount paid.
Afraid to say that I did pay but couldn't be bothered to make a complaint, as I sometimes I spend half my professional and personal life arguing with train operators....! Sorry.Did you pay ?
Were you successful in a refund claim ?