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 Westcountry 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%.