Imberbus will be taking place on Saturday 20th August this year, where Bath Bus Company, along with 13 other operators, will be running a special one day service once again, allowing public transport users to visit the uninhabited village of Imber.
Residents of Imber were evicted just before Christmas 1943 by the MoD, in order to step up army training in advance of D-Day. The villagers were promised that their village would be returned to them after the war but this was not to be and 66-years on it is still uninhabited, much of it having been damaged or destroyed. It remains in use for army training purposes but the connecting road is open to the public on a limited number of occasions each year and previously only accessible to the public if they had their own transport.
Following lengthy negotiations with the Ministry of Defence at a very senior level, Bath Bus Company was permitted, with the cooperation of several other operators, Transport for London and Wiltshire Council’s Transport Department, to run a bus service 23A from Warminster to the village of Imber on 5th September 2009. Operated as an ordinary local bus service using former London Transport Routemaster buses, the service proved to be very successful and so has now become an annual event, with services now extending beyond Imber to the villages of Market Lavington, Tilshead and Chitterne, plus other remote locations on Salisbury Plain, such as New Zealand Farm Camp and Brazen Bottom.
The 2015 event proved to be the most successful yet with 11 vehicles in operation and more than £6000 donated to the Imber Church fund and the Royal British Legion. We are now preparing for Imberbus 2016 and further details of this will be published here soon.
Bath Bus Company will be operating the 2016 service alongside The London Bus Museum, Abellio, London United, Arriva London, Ensign, Reading Buses, Tower Transit, Stagecoach, London Bus For Hire, Shaftesbury and District, Go Ahead, First and Metro Line, where over a dozen Routemasters will be used for the special service, both vintage and new!
It is also expected that a Lancaster Bomber is expected to fly over Salisbury Plains at approximately 14:30 so keep a sharp eye out!
For more information visit https://imberbus.wordpress.com/
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This post was written by Connor Flavell