IVO I know 1 or 2 drivers with Stagecoach who always keep me up to date with the latest gossip they here from the management. Stagecoach were looking at extending at least 1 trip per hour on their Pontypridd - Aberdare service down to Swansea where it should compete against First cymru's X5 Glyneath - Neath - Swansea service. I am expecting a bit of a bus war to start up around the Cardiff & Rhondda area's soon. Stagecoach have lost a lot of contracts in the Newport/Chepstow area's to Newport bus who inccidently are a very good operator and are looking at expanding. There was talk of newport bus running a Chepstow - Swansea bus service not sure what I make of that although their scania's are lovely to travel on. The problem with Bristol is that the frequencies on a lot of routes are so high that it will be nearly impossible for another operator to compete, I heard Stagecoach did look at launching a competitive network of services in & around Bristol but it seemed to be dropped. If they had decided to do so I would have been appyling to work for them.