So how good of the Department for Transport, after a year of endless train strikes and cancellations, to hit long-suffering commuters with a near-6pc fare rise just three days before the festivities officially kick off.
True, the changes don’t kick in until March next year. The Department for Transport has capped the increase well below inflation, too, which ministers are at pains to point out is the biggest Government intervention in the rail industry since privatisation.
But come on: it is still the biggest fare rise for a decade,
No, it’s below inflation – it’s a fare cut. Relative to everything else train tickets will be cheaper. Wages rises were 6.9% – so it’s a fall relative to wages too.