The latest rail fare rise, which takes effect on the first working day of 2019, has pushed the cost of intercity travel for some commuters above £1 a mile.

The Anytime standard-class fare for the 24-mile journey between Swindon and Didcot Parkway rises on 2 January by 80p to £24.20, a price of £1.01 for each mile.

The GWR fare is the only option for commuters who want a “walk-up” ticket for the 17-minute journey between 6am and 9am.