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.
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