Monday, 8 August 2022

Imberbus Charity Running Day News

The annual Imberbus 2022  will be held on Saturday 20th August when old and new Routemaster buses (plus a few guest vehicles) will operate from Warminster to Imber and other points on Salisbury Plain.

Imberbus has grown from a five-vehicle event in 2009 to one that now links various villages on Salisbury Plain, including the famous abandoned settlement from which it takes its name. It predominantly employs AEC Routemasters, with the Wrightbus New Routemaster also appearing.

Support is received from numerous bus operators from both within London and outside the capital, and in 2019, Imberbus raised almost £25,000 for charities by utilising 28 vehicles.

This year, access to Imber will again only possible using the Imberbus vehicles. Cars, motorbikes, cycles, scooters or pedestrians will not be permitted access to the military roads on this date.

Imber website here

What is planned for Imberbus 2022:

A summary of the timetable can be downloaded by clicking here and a full colour Event Guide will be available on the day. 

Important features of this year’s Imberbus include:At least 25 buses in operation, some of which will be wheelchair accessible.

Departures approximately every 15 minutes from Warminster Station to Imber from 9.45am onwards;

Buses serving Tilshead, New Zealand Farm Camp, West Lavington, Market Lavington and Brazen Bottom twice an hour throughout the day;
Buses twice an hour to Chitterne until early afternoon;
One morning and two afternoon journeys running direct between Warminster and Chitterne (not via Imber);
Most journeys operated by at least 2 vehicles;

Imber Church open for viewing and refreshments from 10am to 6pm;
Refreshments available from Caspers Cafe on platform 1 of Warminster Station and at the village halls in Tilshead (all day) and Chitterne (until 2pm).

The newly refurbished Market Lavington Museum will be open again in the Old School House next to the village church and will be serving cream teas until 5pm;
A small transport sales stall will also be available inside Tilshead village hall.

The routes that the buses will take can be seen on the map below (please click on it to see a larger version in PDF format). As usual, buses will connect at the Gore Cross interchange, so that passengers could easily travel to/from all points of the network.
How much does it cost to travel on Imberbus ?

To enable visitors to explore the services in an affordable way, an all day ticket at a cost of £10 per adult is available.  

Imberbus operates as an ordinary local bus service, so there is no facility to pre-book or to pay in advance – just turn up and pay the conductor on the bus in cash (payment in £5 or £10 notes or £1 and £2 coins is always appreciated and there are cash machines available in Warminster town centre for those that needed them). 
To speed things up staff will be selling day tickets outside Warminster Station during the morning, some of whom will be able to accept payment by contactless credit/debit cards. Concessionary bus passes cannon be accepted.

In view of threatened rail strikes on the day Coach operator Readybus of Slough has stepped into a breach that had threatened access from London via public transport to the Imberbus charity running day on Salisbury Plain, which will be held on Saturday 20 August.

That date now coincides with a planned rail strike and Readybus has agreed to provide a day excursion from Hammersmith. This year will represent the first time that coaches have been used to transport visitors to the event.

The operator is charging £30 per person, including an Imberbus ticket, and says it will add duplicate vehicles should demand require.

Readybus website here