Every cloud has a silver lining, and from a purely selfish point of view the above-inflation rail fare increases announced yesterday are not all bad. As fares shrink the radius of the commuter belt the knock-on effect of house price pressures on Suffolk are lessened, keeping the cost of my next home low. Conversely, inflationary pressures on London house prices are increased, maintaining the value to be released from my main asset. Fare increases also assist construction demand within the M25 - a win - and reduce construction demand in our prettiest Suffolk villages - also a win. Within London, the modal shift from train to cycle will increase, reducing overcrowding on existing services. That cyclists will then be exposed to Europe's highest levels of roadside carcinogenic PAHs from which those of us on trains are free is also a useful counter to their infuriating smugness.