Are you even British if you don’t complain about the rail network?
Whether it’s delayed, filthy, or just cramped, it’s probably up there with one of the most complained about things in the UK.
Which is surprising when you look as just how much it’s costing the average commuter every year.
Surely we should be getting the red carpet treatment if we’re paying that much £££?
If only – in fact rail commuters are now faced with spending up to five times as much of their wages on travel as passengers in Europe, thanks to a rise in train fares from today.
That means that workers travelling from Chelmsford in Essex to London are forking out as much as 13% of their salary for a £381 monthly season ticket compared to an equivalent 30 mile commute in Europe.
If you look at figures specifically, in France, a season ticket for that distance is just £66, while in Italy it costs £65, in Germany it is £118, in Spain £108 and Belgium £144.
These pictures show just what you’re paying all that money for in the UK compared to Europe.
Here’s what you get in the UK..