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Discussion in 'Fares Advice & Policy' started by Upset76, 19 Jul 2019.
Because they are lying fare dodgers and spoil it for us honest people?
There is no admin fee for an unused ticket if the train is cancelled or delayed. I think if you wrote to Virgin with an explanation as to what happened and enclose both tickets, you should get a refund of the original ticket from them (assuming they sold it) on that basis.
But of course that's a much lower amount than you'd get if you can persuade XC to refund you, but that may be more difficult to achieve.
You could write to both companies, though it's such a tangled mess it will probably cost you, XC and Virgin more than £40 in time spent corresponding about the issue! If you remain unhappy you could refer the matter to the Ombudsman: https://www.railombudsman.org/
Does it matter how long the train was delayed for? I have my outgoing ticket but my return was eaten by the barrier
Actually if you used the return portion you can't get a refund on it from Virgin. Your best hope is that XC will refund you the new ticket, but that could be a big battle.
I've entered into a few battles with train companies and it often costs me more in the value of my time than I get back; it's infuriating.
It might be worth writing to Virgin CS and asking for a goodwill gesture based on you having paid £40.05 rather than the £22.25 Wolves ticket office would have charged you if their guard had advised correctly. That said, they could come back with "well you did board a train without a valid ticket and got let off half of it", as by rights the VT guard could have charged you an Anytime Single to Wolves as well.
It is good advice to get your ticket endorsed in this sort of situation. Sadly, not all rail staff are confident doing this (putting something in writing) but are happy to just to tell you what to do (no doubt with the best of intentions.)
I've had a good experience with staff at Exeter Central (GWR) who endorsed our tickets and even came up with a better value solution than I'd thought of (even though the original problem was SWR's responsibility).
On the other hand I've had a point blank refusal from a staff member at SouthEastern because GTR's letter to SE re availability during disruption managed to mention every single station on the Uckfield line except the tiny halt we were travelling from. (I'd award 50/50 culpability for that.)
He still assured us 'you'll be fine' but wouldn't put anything in writing.
I don’t mind a battle in terms of my time but can’t afford any further financial expense @yorkie. Honestly the XC man was just so unpleasant and hostile and seemed to relish in making the experience as difficult as possible and as profitable as possible for them.
In that case definitely complain to XC. It may well be the case that XC have other complaints about the person in question; I know some of their Guards on this route are infamous for being obnoxious. I'll proof read the complaint if you like.
If a Guard is going to charge someone who has made a mistake, they should at least do it politely.
Agreed. "I'm afraid I can't let you off without written authority as I have no proof you were told that, so I'll have to charge you an Anytime Single to Manchester, sorry" with a tone of "it's more than my job's worth; I could find myself in trouble here if I let you off", as it were, might be annoying, but it's at least polite and apologetic.
If you were on a budget but not in a hurry, he could perhaps also have worked out if an Anytime Single to the next stop (Stafford?) and then you get off and buy another ticket and get on the following train might have saved you money?
Platform 5, not 6. It could be confusing and I wasn’t there but I do know that Crewe are pretty good with announcements when things like that happen. If they know people are waiting on a platform for a train A and train B arrives first they normally make announcements to inform passengers for train A it isn’t their train and to wait for further announcements.
There's also it being in the opposite direction, though I guess a non-enthusiast might not notice that.
I think I was just in a world of my own. The problem was before I got to the platform I looked at the board and saw my train was due to arrive at 10.16. So when “a train” arrived precisely at that time I just thought it was right. Stupid I know.
Whilst I believe the OP has made an initial mistake and believed that they would be ok after seeing the VWC staff member. with a ticket timed and dated from Crewe it couldn't be anything other than a mistake both trains at Crewe would been in Virgin livery so not as if the OP had been expecting to board a Northern or TFW service.
I have been an RPI in the past and have heard it all, each situation is different and needs to be treated and assessed as such, whilst I agree the XC conductor didn't really do anything wrong if I had been presented with the same evidence in the same timeframes I know what I would have done.
Unfortunately there are a lot of dishonest people about. my favourite "I boarded the wrong train" concerns an elderly couple in the days of open stations boarding a non stop train from Reading to Exeter with tickets for Didcot and saying to the Guard "we appeared to have boarded the wrong train" the guard endorsed their tickets to go back to Reading when they got to Exeter the passengers left station and boarded a local bus.
Yes, which is the opposite scenario to what we have here, where the clear evidence is that the person did take the first available train back.
Indeed As I said I believe the OP and the timing evidence provided backs that up. too many ticket examiners are programmed to believe everyone is dishonest and treat them as such without looking at the evidence. I wouldn't have charged the OP anything but you can understand why people do get charged because of the dishonest ones amongst us.