As if Southern Rail commuters were not having the best of times, with disruptions and delays on their journey to London, another expensive indignity has been heaped upon them.
So bad is the rail service that house prices have frozen or fallen as the Home Counties commuter towns look less attractive to potential city escapees.
Online estate agents HouseSimple.com said property price growth had come to a standstill along the Brighton Mainline, Mainline West and Mainline East routes since July.
Over the past year, prices have made a healthy rise £21,106 but since July and the start of the latest round of strikes by rail union RMT, average prices had fallen by almost £1,875.
The estate agent found only four locations along the routes it looked at Hove, Pulborough, Haywards Heath and Gatwick Airport where house prices have increased since July but thats just by £234 typically.
Alex Gosling, chief executive of HouseSimple.com, said: It would be a real kick in the teeth if home owners, who have had to endure the daily misery of train delays, cancellations and strike action, started to see the value of their homes falling.
While central London prices have frozen, or even fallen, because of the drop in interest in the prime market, Newham is the capital hotspot with annual price increases of 23.7%, lifting the average from just over £300,000 in August last year to almost £373,000 in August this year.
It is evidence that Newham and the outer boroughs are catching the outward bound wave of price rises from neighbouring Tower Hamlets, which saw a 13.6% rise on a higher average £476,777. Greenwich was up 12.3% to an average £382,874.