Imberbus 2016

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE INFORMATION BELOW REFERS TO OUR 2016 EVENT AND IS RETAINED HERE FOR INFORMATION ONLY. To see reports and photos from 2016, please click here.
Details of Imberbus 2017 will be posted during the Summer.


2016-coverThe 2016 Imberbus service took place on Saturday 20th August and the timetable for it can be downloaded from our website by clicking here. Important features this year included:

  • Departures at least every 30 minutes from Warminster Station to Imber from 9.45am onwards;
  • Buses serving Tilshead, Chitterne, West Lavington, Market Lavington, New Zealand Farm Camp and Brazen Bottom every hour;
  • At least 18 old and new Routemasters in use.

Many journeys were operated by at least 3 vehicles, some of which were wheelchair accessible, and anyone with mobility problems could email us so that we could tell them what journeys we were planning to use them on.

As usual, all buses connected at our interchange point at Gore Cross so that passengers could easily travel to/from all points on our network. To enable them to do this in an affordable way, we offered 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 were also be available and so anyone that just wished to travel from Warminster to visit the 16th century St Giles’ Church at Imber (which was open specially on this date), could purchase an ordinary single ticket for just £2 each way.

Imberbus operates as an ordinary local bus service, so there was no need for passengeers to pre-book or pay in advance – they just turned up and paid the conductor on the bus in cash. To speed things up we will also had staff selling day tickets outside Warminster Station.

Advice on travelling to Warminster could be found on the “How to get to Warminster” page on our website. Trains run approximately every hour to Warminster 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.

RMC-1461-sOrdinary 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. In 2016, the London Bus Museum also ran an Imberbus excursion to Warminster from the Weybridge area using Routemaster Coach RMC1461, and this was available to anyone who wished to use it.

We hope that you will be able to join us August 2017 and if you would like further information about our event, please check out the other pages on our website, including the Frequently Asked Questions page provides important information on where you can and cannot go, where you may be able to something to eat and also the location of public toilets (which are few and far between on the Salisbury Plain!).