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Current Vote: Does the franchise model just need technical changes or would a concession system be better?
362 votes cast since 15th Nov:
Concessions are better: 82%
Does Virgin's performance on West Coast warrant a rethink or did FG win fair and square?
585 votes cast between 28th Aug 2012 and 15th Nov:
Will High Speed 2 be built, or is the opposition too strong?
1717 votes cast between 18th Aug 2011 and 28th Aug 2012:
Will be built: 70%
Too much opposition: 30%
Should NR and TOCs merge, or is an independent infrastructure owner more important?
485 votes cast between 11th Mar 2011 and 18th Aug 2011:
Keep separate: 45%
Will government give the go-ahead to an electric IEP and wires to Wales?
347 votes cast between 28th Nov 2010 and 11th Mar 2011:
Should Network Rail be a private or public sector body?
581 votes cast between 21st Jul 2010 and 28th Nov 2010:
Should High Speed 2 go via Heathrow to attract air passengers, or is it an expensive diversion?
325 votes cast between 11th Mar 2010 and 21st Jul 2010:
Go to the 'throw: 38%
Straight to Brum: 62%
Would longer franchises mean more investment and better services, or would franchises get lazy?
503 votes cast between 20th May 2009 and 11th Mar 2010:
Longer means better: 56%
Keep em on their toes: 44%
Will the recession lead to a further restructuring of the industry, or is the current structure sustainable?
224 votes cast between 11th Dec 2008 and 20th May 2009:
Stay the same: 33%
Can Network Rail deliver CP4 outputs with £26bn as ORR claims, or should it receive its £29bn claim?
246 votes cast between 4th Sep 2008 and 11th Dec 2008:
Should West Coast use extra possessions and hit the December timetable change, or extend the project to May 2009?
283 votes cast between 30th Apr 2008 and 4th Sep 2008:
Hit Dec 2008: 55%
Extend to 2009: 45%
Are Network Rail sufficiently accountable to passengers, freight customers and taxpayers?
446 votes cast between 15th Jan 2008 and 30th Apr 2008:
Should the £16bn Crossrail scheme terminate at Maidenhead, or should it be extended to Reading at extra cost?
558 votes cast between 18th Oct 2007 and 15th Jan 2008:
If the tube renewals contracts run into trouble, should the work return to LUL or be renegotiated?
365 votes cast between 31st May 2007 and 18th Oct 2007:
Should the Grayrigg accident be the subject of a full judicial inquiry to satisfy public demand, or will RAIB's formal investigation and findings be sufficient?
296 votes cast between 14th Mar 2007 and 31st May 2007:
Judicial inquiry: 23%
RAIB investigation: 77%
Is GNER's early termination of their franchise a one-off, or will other franchises' premiums force them to quit early?
283 votes cast between 30th Dec 2006 and 14th Mar 2007:
Has the London Underground improved since the advent of the Public Private Partnership?
247 votes cast between 14th Sep 2006 and 30th Dec 2006:
Should open access operators be encouraged to compete for revenue, or should the encumbent TOC have its revenue stream protected?
204 votes cast between 4th May 2006 and 14th Sep 2006:
Open access: 57%
Protect revenue: 43%
Should HST2 be specified as diesel only, or should an electric version also be procured?
199 votes cast between 16th Mar 2006 and 4th May 2006:
Diesel only: 26%
Electric too: 74%
Are expensive tram systems the solution to relieve urban congestion, or will people leave their cars for cheap, regular buses?
68 votes cast between 27th Feb 2006 and 16th Mar 2006:
Should Transport Scotland only fund rail links within Scotland, or should it contribute to a new north-south high speed link?
88 votes cast between 20th Jan 2006 and 27th Feb 2006:
Help with HSL: 80%
Is the process of refranchising fair and transparent, and does it result in a better railway?
81 votes cast between 15th Dec 2005 and 20th Jan 2006:
Should the railways attempt to reduce the risk of terrorist attack by adopting screening and search measures, or are the inconvenience, delays and reduced revenue too high a price?
66 votes cast between 15th Nov 2005 and 15th Dec 2005:
Reduce the risk: 29%
Too high a price: 71%
Should the railway now seek to add capacity and plan for growth, or should it continue to concentrate on improving performance and value for money?
52 votes cast between 16th Oct 2005 and 15th Nov 2005:
How should the government define the railway's outputs in return for public subsidy: in terms of high level outputs (service frequency, first & last trains etc), or by means of detailed timetabling which the railway must operate to?
35 votes cast between 3rd Sep 2005 and 16th Oct 2005:
High level outputs: 80%
In light of the Gerrard's Cross tunnel collapse, should the railway allow others to build over operational railway as a means of generating additional income, or is the risk of damage to the core business of running railways too great?
65 votes cast between 8th Aug 2005 and 3rd Sep 2005:
Keep building: 37%
Too risky: 63%
Should the railway pursue a policy of electrification schemes to reduce its dependency on oil and maximise whole life costs, or maximise its scarce short-term resources by procuring more diesel traction?
55 votes cast between 17th Jul 2005 and 8th Aug 2005:
More electrification: 89%
How can accident investigations best serve the public: by seeking to punish failures by means of manslaughter convictions, or by determining root cause via confidential blame-free evidence-taking?
53 votes cast between 26th Jun 2005 and 17th Jul 2005:
Should the railways receive targeted subsidy to assist with congestion reduction?
30 votes cast between 23rd May 2005 and 26th Jun 2005:
Will the proposed restructuring as laid out in the white paper be good for the railways?
62 votes cast between 6th Nov 2004 and 23rd May 2005: