Persimmon home buyers get on board with free bus pass
07 February 2022
Innovative bus pass partnership will cut congestion and generate savings for homeowners.
In a pioneering innovation designed to maximise sustainability, we have teamed up with transport company Stagecoach West Scotland to offer free bus passes to the first 65 buyers at the Fairfields development in Monkton, Ayrshire.
Under the deal, eligible households will receive an annual Stagecoach Smartcard, allowing travel throughout the Stagecoach West Scotland operating area, by local bus. The arrangement is particularly favourable now that Monkton has direct services linking it with many of the main towns in Ayrshire, together with easy links to express coach services to Glasgow. In addition, direct express coach journeys from Monkton to Glasgow are planned later this year, by rerouting the X77 service.
The valuable bus pass is transferable within qualifying households, meaning that all family members can use it at different times, whether it’s for work, education, healthcare or socialising. The deal is already proving highly popular, with three-quarters of homebuyers at Fairfields having applied for their complementary pass.
Ross Hill and partner Laura Barrett, applied for his free bus pass when he moved to Fairfields in December 2021. Ross, a Pharmacist, said it’s made a huge difference with him being new to the area and has completely changed his approach to using public transport. “It’s essentially a buy-one-get-one-free scenario for us, it’s so easy to get around and explore surrounding towns. The equivalent costs for the train or driving with parking are much more expensive. We don’t have to think about taxi numbers and when I work locally it’s a great cost effective and environmentally friendly way to commute.
“We are both looking forward to being able to travel to and from Glasgow well past midnight which is fantastic for us and saves us from leaving our nights early to catch trains or trying to find hotels.
“We are very impressed and see ourselves opting to take the bus whenever possible now.”
Announcing the arrangement, Chris Logan, managing director of Persimmon Homes West Scotland, said:
“This innovative collaboration with Stagecoach epitomises our commitment to sustainability at our Fairfields development. It makes great sense to encourage residents to leave the car at home if there is a viable alternative – whether that is walking, cycling or, in this case, quality public transport.
“We felt that facilitating the diversion of Glasgow bus service through Monkton was a positive step towards encouraging and enabling people to change travel habits and opt for public transport.
Fiona Doherty, Managing Director of Stagecoach West Scotland, said: “We’re really proud of our partnership with Persimmon which we’re confident will encourage residents to choose sustainable transport as soon as they move to this development in Monkton.
“At Stagecoach we encourage people to take advantage of the excellent value that local bus travel offers while considering walking and cycling instead of travelling by car. One bus can remove up to 75 cars from the road, and with our buses in the Monkton area being Euro VI we are using the latest engine technology to reduce carbon emissions.
“The use of bus also relieves congestion in our towns and cities while providing better air quality for the community.”
In addition to a five-figure sum towards local transport improvements there are plans to upgrade two bus stops at Fairfields to incorporate real-time bus information, along with a multi-thousand-pound contribution towards a bike shelter at Prestwick Airport train station.
Situated less than three miles from Prestwick, in the popular village of Monkton, Fairfields is an exciting development of quality new homes. With prices starting at £277,995, it includes an attractive range of three, four and five-bedroom homes.
Monkton offers a sought-after village location with excellent local amenities. Its location means that residents can enjoy the best of town and country – being situated in a peaceful, semi-rural setting yet strategically positioned for access to larger towns and cities in west Scotland.