THE average workers’ commute now costs them more than they earn.
The average rail season ticket is now £1,850 per month, with an oversized individually wrapped cookie from the buffet car selling for £210.
Commuters’ Federation president Francesca Johnson said: Whatever job you do, getting there will cost slightly more than you earn.
“For example, a sandwich artist at Subway will find his low wage doesn’t quite cover the price of his bus fare, while a busy executive travelling from the Cotswolds needs to blow everything he earns on a first-class ticket so as not to mix with scum.
A Network Rail spokesman said: Our customers are spending four hours a day in our carriages – more if theres something wet on the line.
Compare that to the 10 hours they spend in their own home, for which they pay a handsome mortgage, and actually were being shortchanged.
Commuter Stephen Malley said: I still go to work because I’m conditioned to. And the coffee machine in the office is free as long as I drink three cups an hour.
“So I’m coming out minus £24.16 a day, which isn’t bad.”
He added: “The best bit is when the train steward reminds me every five minutes that the Refresca Cafe Bar is open. Otherwise I’d just be sitting there not knowing how to give them more of my money.”