The annual heritage Imberbus service takes place once again this August bank holiday Monday 25th August running from Warminster across to the lost village of Imber and other isolated locations on Salisbury Plain.
Sir Peter Hendy, Commissioner of Transport for London and member of the Imberbus organising team explains, “Imber village was evacuated in 1943 by the Army to allow the area to be used as a training area, and other than for a few days each year has been out of bounds ever since.
“The church however remains and has many interesting features. The bus service across the Plain not only allows people to see these fascinating areas but also see the expanse of the Plain from the top of a double deck bus.
“The bus service, which is operated by iconic red London double deck Routemaster buses, was initially introduced as a one off experiment in 2009, but was so popular that it has become an annual fundraising event, last year raising over £2,000 which was split between the Imber Church fund and the Royal British Legion.”
Buses will leave from Warminster Station every half hour from 9.50 onwards and will travel across Salisbury Plain over roads that are normally closed to the general public to the deserted village of Imber, where the church will be open and refreshments available.
The buses will then continue on across the Plain to the villages of Market/West Lavington or to Tilshead and Shrewton, before heading to other isolated locations rarely visited by the public, such as Stokes Hill, the former Bustard Inn at Rollestone Camp and the wonderfully named Brazen Bottom (high on the Plain above Market Lavington).
Tickets for the journey from Warminster to Imber cost just £2 each way, whilst an £8 day ticket will allow passengers to spend the entire day exploring this unique area from the top deck of a bus.