This wasn't my normal journey. I have a season ticket for my normal journey with the same train operator. I see passengers paying for fares every day on this route. Therefore, as I didn't have time to buy a ticket for this particular journey I didn't think it was an issue as I would pay the conductor
No I didn't have a ticket. The appeal is against the collection order. I should only have to pay the cost of the journey? The office is boarding a train in a NON COMPULSORY TICKET AREA without a valid ticket. If it is non compulsory ticket area then it isn't compulsory and I was free to board without a ticket? I see the conductors take fares every day and there is no issue. I would understand the collection order if they approached me and I failed to pay or tried to avoid payment... I did neither? How can East Midlands take me to court when the journey was with Northern Rail - a totally unrelated train operator?
but it isn't misworded? The offence is 'boarding a train in a non compulsory ticket area without a valid ticket'
what is the position then? Are you saying the summons is valid, i.e. even though I see conductors taking fares every day all those passengers are breaking the law every day and I was just the unlucky one getting the revenue inspector?