Commuters returning to work after the Christmas break are facing big rail fare increases. Season ticket holders are worst affected - paying 4 percent more to travel. Train companies say it's necessary to fund improvements.
But campaign groups say it's the 10th successive above-inflation rise in the last decade, and that passengers still face long delays and overcrowding.
The mid-winter will be bleaker for millions of rail travellers today as inflation-busting fare rises take effect.
Fares are increasing by an average of 3.9%.
The rise follows a miserable few weeks for many commuters in the South West who have had to contend with long delays caused by flooding and signal failures.
Last week, over-running engineering work led to serious over-crowding on some trains.
From today rail ticket prices will rise by an average of 3.9%. The increase has been criticised with claims that services haven't got better - but train companies say it is necessary to fund improvements.
Season tickets have been the worst affected with an average rise of 4.2%.
Bob Constantine reports as people who commute between Bristol and London face paying up to £620 a year more from January. Fares will rise by 3% more than today's rate of inflation - meaning a hike of 6.2% on most tickets.
A 12 month Bristol to Bath ticket could increase by £84 to £1,484.