The timetable for this year’s Imber Bus route has been released, should you fancy taking a trip through the middle of an MoD firing range to an abandoned village during next month’s Bank Holiday Monday?
Although it runs just once a year, and relies on heritage Routemaster buses, the service to the empty village of Imber is an official bus route, registered as bus route 23A.
It’s also the only one allowed to drive through the middle of the MoD’s military training grounds of Salisbury Plains, so you can have the surreal sight of London buses, passing burnt out tanks and warnings of unexploded debris in the grass verge.
Only inaugurated in 2009, this now annual tradition will see at least 7 heritage buses, and maybe the new double-decker as well running from the railway station in Warminster to a number of locations in the Salisbury Plains — including of course, the abandoned village of Imber.
This year’s run will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, 25th August.
Buses start at 9:50, and run right through the day.
This year also includes a new terminus for some journeys high on the Plain at Stoke Hill. All buses will connect at an interchange point at Gore Cross to enable passengers to travel to/from all points along the route.
Tickets cost £2 per trip, or £8 for a day pass, with the proceeds to charity.
My review from last year is here.