Rail fares are still going up - the North gets hammered
He also announced that he was scrapping the ‘flex’ system where train companies could cheekily raise some fares by up to 2% above the permitted average.
It will cost the Government £100 million though, so they'll claw that back from you elsewhere no doubt.
As if pre-programmed, Mr Osborne trotted out his: "Support for hard-working taxpayers is at the heart of our long-term economic plan."
"It's only because we've taken difficult decisions on the public finances that we can afford to help families further."
However, rail passengers in the north of England are not going to be feeling very supported for their hard work and tax payments, as new rules mean that passengers in Greater Manchester and parts of Yorkshire won't be able to buy off-peak return tickets for travel between 4pm and 6.30pm. That basically means that, because they'll be buying 'peak' or 'anytime' tickets, it'll cost them 40-50% more than off-peak fares.
So, if you're catching a train from Rochdale to Wigan, it'll now cost you £11 when it would've cost you £4.20.
Martin Abrams of the Campaign for Better Transport isn't happy: "The DfT's extension of peak fares on Northern is part of an incoherent strategy to make existing passengers pay more for outdated services instead of investing in better quality rail for the future across the region."