Rail passengers faced the dual indignities of a 2.5 per cent increase in ticket costs and more rail delays this morning, as fare price rises came into effect.
The price rise applied to regulated fares, which includes most season tickets, although the average fare rose 2.2 per cent.
Lines were held up between London and Scotland and London and Crewe, as well as on Virgin's Trent Valley line, as problems with overhead wires in Nuneaton caused delays.
And in East Anglia, where passengers have already endured weeks of delays from Greater Anglia, services continued to be disrupted.
The disruption follows a chaotic festive period, during which King's Cross was mostly out of action because of late-running engineering work.
Instead, many services heading to the north were transferred to Finsbury Park, causing thousands of passengers to get stuck as the station became overcrowded.
The CBT added that it now takes those travelling from Peterborough to London an average of 14 weeks of net earnings to pay off their season tickets, while Brighton to London passengers to 8.6 weeks.