This year there should be at least 16 vehicles in operation – the largest number of buses we have ever used to operate the Imberbus service – including some that have not ventured across the Salisbury Plain before.
Buses will depart at least every 30 minutes from Warminster Rail Station, starting at 9.45am and the full timetable can be downloaded from our website by clicking here or on this poster picture. Many journeys will be operated by at least 3 vehicles, some of which will be wheelchair accessible, so if you have mobility problems, please email us so that we can tell you what journeys we are planning to use them on.
In addition to the regular service between Warminster and Imber, buses will be serving Tilshead, West Lavington, Market Lavington, Brazen Bottom and New Zealand Farm Camp every hour and once again we will be running beyond Tilshead again to the small village of Chitterne, where the village hall will be selling refreshments to weary travellers. For those that fancy a bit of variety, there will also be an extra journey from Warminster at 10.25am which will follow the southern edge of Salisbury Plain direct to Chitterne, missing out Imber altogether !
As usual, all buses will connect at our interchange point at Gore Cross so that passengers can easily travel to/from all points on our network. To enable you to do this in an affordable way, we will once again be offering an all day ticket at a cost of £10 per adult, with up to 3 children being allowed to accompany each adult for the bargain fare of just £1 each. However, ordinary bus fares will also be available and so if you just wish to travel from Warminster to visit the 16th century St.Giles’ Church at Imber (which will be open specially on this date), you can purchase an ordinary single ticket for just £2 each way.
Imberbus operates as an ordinary local bus service, so there is no need to pre-book or pay in advance – just turn up and pay the conductor on the bus in cash (payment in £5 or £10 notes or £1 coins would be appreciated !). To speed things up we will also have staff selling day tickets outside Warminster Station, but please note that unfortunately we cannot accept credit/debit cards or concessionary bus passes.
As Imber is in a military area that is normally closed to the public, facilities there are extremely limited and there are restrictions on where you can wander when you arrive. We have therefore produced an Imberbus FAQ page on our website which provides important information on where you can and cannot go, where you can get something to eat and also the location of public toilets (which are few and far between on the Salisbury Plain!). This year light refreshments will be available at the Warminster Station Buffet, Imber Church and Chitterne village hall, but if you fancy something more substantial to eat or drink, please click here for more suggestions.
Please also bear in mind that the Imber plain is a very exposed location with very little shelter except in Imber Church! Therefore as the weather forecast for this weekend is unsettled, we would strongly advise you to wear sensible footwear and bring an umbrella with you just in case.
Our website also includes a page with advice on how to get to Warminster with a map showing the location of suitable car parks. However, Warminster is not the only place that you can join our buses as we pick up at bus stops along the route at Market Lavington, West Lavington, Tilshead and Chitterne – just signal clearly to the driver by putting your hand out as the bus approaches.
Warminster is also well served by an hourly train service from Cardiff, Newport, Bristol, Bath, Trowbridge, Westbury, Salisbury, Southampton and Portsmouth, with connections available from London and the West Country at Westbury and Salisbury – please see the First Great Western website for timetables and further details. Ordinary bus services also run to Warminster on Saturdays from Bath, Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Westbury, Salisbury and Frome and further details of these can be found on the Traveline website.
We hope that you will be able to join us on Saturday and if you would like further information about our event, please check out the other pages on our website – www.imberbus.wordpress.com. We would also be keen to see any photographs that you take on the day – particularly if they would be suitable to replace those currently in use on our publicity, tickets or website. Please feel free to get in touch if you think you have any that might fit the bill.