Passengers will pay higher rail fares from tomorrow, with annual season tickets rising by an average of 3.1%.
The increase pushes some commuters into the £5,000-a-year "club", with annual season tickets to London from Deal and Dover Priory costing £5,012.
The rise also means some annual season tickets will break the £4,000 mark, with a Basingstoke-London annual fare now rising to £4,076.
The 3.1% rise is for regulated fares which include season tickets. The rise on unregulated fares, typically off-peak leisure tickets, is not capped.
But a number of these fares, including some on the East Coast route, are going up by much less than 3.1%, with the overall rise in tickets - regulated and unregulated - being 2.8%.
The increase could have been even greater, but Chancellor George Osborne announced in his Autumn Statement in early December that the regulated fare price cap of RPI inflation plus 1% was being changed to RPI plus 0%.
Campaign groups have complained about the annual increase, with the Campaign for Better Transport saying that fares are rising three times faster than wages.
Rail unions have also been quick to point out the high cost of rail travel in the UK compared with the rest of Europe.
Jason Torrance, policy director of sustainable transport organisation Sustrans, said: "The Chancellor's move to bring an end to the inflation-busting fare rises we've seen over the last decade shows a recognition that rising transport costs are a barrier to economic recovery.
"But commuters will still feel the pinch this new year because salaries aren't increasing by anywhere near the level of inflation. If transport remains so prohibitively expensive, we will continue to restrict travel choices and opportunities to access essential services and employment."
:: Here are examples of rail fare rises. The table compares the price of a 12-month season ticket bought in January 2013 to one bought from January 2 2014.
The table does not include the price paid if within-London travelcards are also purchased for Tube and bus journeys in the capital.
Where London is mentioned, this means travel to London terminal stations where travel is allowed by any route option shown by the National Rail Enquiry system journey planner where the journey can be made using only one ticket.
ROUTE JAN 2013 JAN 2014 PERCENTAGE RISE
Leeds-Wakefield £964 £992 2.9%
Basingstoke-London £3,952 £4,076 3.13%
Ramsgate-London £4,864 £5,012 3.04%
Folkestone Central -London £4,836 £4,984 3.06%
Bedford-London £4,172 £4,300 3.07%
Sevenoaks-London £3,112 £3,208 3.08%
Cheltenham Spa-London £9,184 £9,468 3.09%
Deal-London £4,864 £5,012 3.04%
Woking-London £2,896 £2,980 2.9%
West Malling-London £3,876 £3,996 3.1%
Guildford-London £3,224 £3,320 2.98%
Dover Priory-London £4,864 £5,012 3.04%
Ludlow-Hereford £1,992 £2,032 2%
Morpeth-Newcastle £1,008 £1,040 3.17%
Milton Keynes-London £4,620 £4,772 3.29%
Tunbridge Wells- London £4,132 £4,260 3.1%
Aylesbury-London £3,632 £3,732 2.75%
Hastings-London £4,304 £4,432 2.97%