One issue of concern is regarding FGs monopoly on services from NW England to Scotland. The new franchise creates one (ordinary) WCML operator north of Lancaster - FG Plc. Some suggestions have been mooted to alleviate this monopoly. This could range from removal of TPE's Scottish services to pass to another franchise, or a new standalone operator, or some form of retreat on fares (less likely given a previous CMA order I hear, was accepted then totally breached by another TOC owner.) The Competition & Markets Authority are aware and I will keep the forum posted if they mention anything.