Sunday, 9 August 2015

IMBER 2015

Introducing IMBERBUS
In 2009, a group of bus industry professionals achieved a long standing ambition to run a vintage bus service from Warminster in Wiltshire, to the abandoned village of Imber on the Salisbury Plain. It proved to be so popular that it has now become an annual event, with most journeys continuing across Salisbury Plain to parts of Wiltshire rarely seen by public transport users. Each year the profits from operating the service are donated to The Friends of St Giles' Church, Imber, and to the Royal British Legion.

In operation will be at least 7 former London Transport Routemaster buses (and a
few modern ones as well) to provide a bus service approximately every 30 minutes from Warminster Station to Imber. From there the buses will continue on to Gore Cross, then either proceed across the plain to Brazen Bottom and the Lavingtons, or turn right and carry on to Tilshead and Chitterne. There is also an hourly service from Gore Cross to New Zealand Farm Camp.
All the buses are designed to meet up at Gore Cross to allow passengers to swap
between them (and to take a few photographs), so even with a short stop at Imber, it is
possible to travel on our entire network in about 4 hours.

Where can I go when I get to Imber ?
The main attraction at Imber is the 16th century St Giles' Church which is run by The
Friends of St Giles who are volunteers. This is the only building open to the public in the village and is worth visiting (see for more information). As our buses run through Imber twice an hour, most of our passengers spend about 30 minutes to an hour at Imber, then board another Imberbus to view other parts of Salisbury Plain.
Please note that whilst in the military area, access is limited to the following:
• The “main road” that runs from Warminster through Imber to Gore Cross;
• Imber Church and the path and field between it and the main road;
• The road that runs north from near Imber to Bratton;
• The road that runs south from Imber towards Heytesbury;
• The Imber Range Perimeter Path (open all year round).
Please note that all other roads, paths, buildings and fields are strictly off-limits
– this particularly applies to the burnt out tanks and the “houses” at Imber which were
constructed by the military for training purposes and are not original.

Where will I be able to get something to eat or drink ?
Light refreshments will be available inside Imber Church and at Chitterne Village Hall.
You might also want to sample one of the country pubs along the route – our route to
Chitterne stops right outside the Rose & Crown at Tilshead and our buses pass near to other hostelries at Market Lavington, West Lavington and Chitterne which may be open for part of the day.

What other facilities are available at Imber
The short answer is almost nothing! As Imber is normally closed to the public there are no shops, no permanent toilets and no mobile phone reception. We therefore strongly
recommend that you prepare for this before you board the bus (the nearest public
toilets will be at Warminster Station and alongside Warminster Central Car Park).


Please Note
Bus & Coach Preservation magazine is telling everyone that the event is on Sunday 23rd rather than Saturday 22nd. Please ignore this - the event is definitely on the 22nd! 

Visit the Imberbus website here for further information.


In respect of the recent posting here, our West Country correspondent Phil G advises us that he thinks the “First” involvement in Somerset Passenger Solutions is with the “Buses of Somerset” division of First in the South West – surprisingly the West Country division (which covers Weston, Bristol & Bath) is not involved.

Therefore the second photo probably ought to be swapped for something like the following: