This year’s Imberbus event was held on Saturday 18th August and partly as a result of a television programme broadcast a few months ago, visitors came from far and wide to ride on a Routemaster bus across the Salisbury Plain to the lost village of Imber and beyond.
We used at least 22 old and new Routemaster buses to operate the Imberbus service from Warminster Station and a summary of the timetable that operated can be downloaded by clicking here. Important features this year included:
- Departures approximately every 15 minutes from Warminster Station to Imber from 9.30am onwards;
- Buses serving Tilshead, Chitterne, West Lavington, Market Lavington, New Zealand Farm Camp and Brazen Bottom twice an hour throughout the day.
- An additional car park to the east of Imber, which will enable visitors to drive closer to the village then Park & Ride.
- Imber Church open for viewing and refreshments from 10am to 6pm.
- Buses stopping opposite Market Lavington Museum which is opening again specially for our event and also serving cream teas.
- Transport enthusiasts sales stall at the Rose & Crown in Tilshead which also provides the opportunity for a pie and a pint at lunchtime !
- Refreshments also available at Chitterne Village Hall.
The routes that the buses took can be seen on the map below (please click on it to see a larger version in PDF format). Many journeys were operated by at least 2 vehicles, some of which will be wheelchair accessible,
As usual, all buses connected at Gore Cross so that passengers can easily travel to/from all points on our network. However this year the interchange was in a new location, away from the main road, to make changing buses much simpler. To enable visitors to explore our services 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 wanted 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 to pre-book or pay in advance – passengers could just turn up and pay the conductor on the bus in cash (payment in £5 or £10 notes or £1 or £2 coins was appreciated !). To speed things up we will also had staff selling day tickets outside Warminster Station in the morning, but unfortunately we could not accept credit/debit/contactless cards or concessionary bus passes.
Advice on travelling to Warminster for future Imberbus events can be found on the “How to get to Warminster” page on our website. Remember that 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.
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.
If you are intending to stay overnight in the area, you may wish to visit the Warminster Community Hub website to find suitable accommodation.
IMPORTANT – If you are planning on bringing a group of people to Warminster in a bus or coach to a future Imberbus event, please contact us immediately as there are few coach parking facilities available in Warminster.
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 can get something to eat and also the location of public toilets (which are few and far between on the Salisbury Plain!). You can also view the new Imberbus video below;
If you can see anything below this line, it is an advertisement and is not related to our event, so please ignore it.