RAIL upgrades will be ditched in favour of putting trains on the backs of lorries, the government has confirmed.
Instead of spending £38.5bn on the rail network, carriages full of passengers will be loaded onto flatbed trucks and driven to railway stations.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “We need to move past the antiquated Victorian notion of trains running on metal rails.
“The UK’s extensively modernised road network is a far more efficient, albeit much slower and congested, way of transporting passengers to wherever they need to go.
“Simply board your train, remain in your seat while a crane lifts it onto one of our fleet of lorries and sit back and relax.”
McLoughlin stressed the plan would require a large increase in subsidies to rail operators, but this would be offset by a 40 percent rise in fares over three years.