I purchased 2 single advance train tickets. One from Cheltenham Spa to Birmingham New Street (CrossCountry) and another from Birmingham New Street to Edinburgh Haymarket (Virgin). The first train was delayed 20 minutes due to a fault with the train which meant I missed the Virgin train at Birmingham New Street. I decided to stay on the train I was on, seeing that it was also destined for Edinburgh and that because the fault laid with CrossCountry and because that particular train I was on, they would understand the predicament I was in. Afterall, Virgin hadn't done anything wrong so couldn't see why they'd put me on a later Virgin train.
Anyway, long story short, I was issued with an Unpaid Fare Notice for travelling without a valid ticket and had to give them my name and address. What I'd like to know is do I have a leg to stand on if I appeal this?
By the way, I don't know if it makes any difference but the CrossCountry train I was travelling on ended up arriving in Edinburgh 36 minutes late and never made it to Haymarket as was cancelled due to signalling problems.