Increases in rail fares come complete with signal failures and delays!
So, today, most of you are back at work. What's worse than going back to work after the Christmas holidays? Public transport in 2012, that's what. And people catching the train to work this week will be having their patience tested sorely as grim weather, signal failures, delays and fare rises all kick you repeatedly while you're down.
However, adding small cheer (or large irritation depending on your outlook), the 6% rise in tickets was met with a protest at St Pancras.
While depressed passengers stumbled around in the dark and damp, they were met by a New Orleans-style jazz band dressed as the Thomas the Tank Engine character the Fat Controller while other protesters from the TSSA rail union carried placards slagging Prime Minister David Cameron off.
Members of the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) joined in the protest too, handing out leaflets which invited commuters to speak their brains to the Treasury so Chancellor George Osborne can invariably ignore your gripes.
TSSA general secretary Manuel Cortes said: "This is just the start of three years of real pain for all passengers. The £4,000 annual season ticket is now commonplace in south east England. By 2015, the £5,000 annual season ticket will be commonplace as well, thanks to ministers insisting on (RPI) inflation plus an extra 3% on top of that in 2013 and 2014.
"Mr Cameron talks glibly about everyone sharing the pain. Well, rail passengers are taking the biggest share of the pain while ministers and MPs travel for free on the most expensive network in Europe."
In addition to that, London Underground and London bus fares also went up from January 2nd, rising by an average of 5.6%. Still, at least loads of your money is being thrown at the Olympic eh? That's nice isn't it?