Photo by thejonoakleyThe news made me drop the soap.
Standing in the shower this morning, hearing that rail fares could rise by as much as 8% next year, my chin quickly followed the soap in hitting the ground.
For a few years now, rail fares have been calculated as being the previous July's RPI + 1%, This led to the anomaly this year of a decrease in fares, since RPI last July was negative.
But the Department for Transport are preparing themselves for being especially hard hit in the government's slash-and-burn money-saving mayhem. They need to find other ways to fund the railways, and posh people don't use public transport - so the fares will go up. They haven't decided how much by, yet.
Of course, there's always the possibility that this "leak" is to soften us up for a 5% or 6% rise, so that we don't think it's too bad after all.