I have an Off-Peak Day Return ticket from Hull [HUL] to Leeds [LDS]. When I purchased this ticket through the Northern app, I also reserved seats for both legs.

When I collected the tickets, I was surprised to see that the restriction code TD. The key part of this restriction (as I read it) is "Seat reservations are compulsory." for outward travel, and "Not applicable" for return travel.

Does this mean that I must travel on the reserved train for one or both of the legs (and not on another service)?

Note: I contacted TransPennine Express about this, and they claim this restriction code does not apply to an Off-Peak Day Return, and I am free to use any service. This is one possible answer, preferably with an explanation of to why tickets might have incorrect restriction codes, and some references as to how to tell the restriction can be ignored.

The tickets in question, showing restriction TD

  • What was the price of the ticket? Were any railcards applied?
    – Calchas
    Commented Jul 3, 2017 at 16:07
  • The ticket was £21.70, no railcards.
    – walter
    Commented Jul 3, 2017 at 16:08
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    As far as I can see, there is no mandatory seat reservation required on the fare: brfares.com/#faredetail?orig=HUL&dest=LDS&tkt=CDR Possibly an IT glitch on the ticket printer?
    – Calchas
    Commented Jul 3, 2017 at 16:12
  • That is possible; nonetheless the ticket is clearly labelled with restriction TD; is the canonical restriction the one printed on the ticket, or the one in the fare system?
    – walter
    Commented Jul 3, 2017 at 16:15
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    I've taken the liberty of linking this on Railforums, as it's an interesting question and it's possible someone there has an answer.
    – Muzer
    Commented Jul 4, 2017 at 8:57

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As others noted in the comments, this is clearly an error either in the data or with the machine (though I can't work out exactly where the TD might have come from). I would print out your correspondence with TPE in the very unlikely event you are challenged; this authorisation should be enough to override any (theoretical, since it's completely inconceivable to me that anyone would question this ticket) issues.

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