This is a final reminder that year’s Imberbus service will be running this coming Saturday – 21st August 2021.
This year there should be more than 25 vehicles in operation, providing departures at least every 15 minutes from Warminster Rail Station, starting at 9.45am. Many journeys will be operated by more than one bus, some of which will be wheelchair accessible, so if you have mobility problems, please email us so that we can tell you what journeys we are planning to use them on.
In addition to the regular service between Warminster and Imber, buses will be serving Chitterne, Tilshead, West Lavington, Market Lavington, Brazen Bottom and New Zealand Farm Camp every 30 minutes during most of the day, and you can board the bus at Chitterne, Tilshead and the Lavingtons instead of Warminster if you wish – just signal clearly to the driver by putting your hand out as the bus approaches.
Full details of what we have planned this year can be found on the “Imber 2021” page of our website (www.imberbus.org), but we would particularly draw your attention to the following arrangements that are different to previous years:
- August 21st will be a car free day at Imber, so the only vehicles that will allowed on to the military roads will be the Imberbuses themselves. The Imber Park & Ride site will therefore not be in operation this year. If you would prefer to drive to Imber, please delay your visit to the August Bank Holiday weekend when the road will be open to cars, but there will be no buses.
- Part of Warminster Central Car park is currently in use as a Covid-19 testing station, so there will be fewer parking spaces available than normal. We are therefore asking those attending our event to use public transport for all or part of their journey if at all possible. Remember that Warminster currently has hourly train services from Cardiff, Newport, North Bristol, Bath, Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Westbury, Salisbury, Southampton and Portsmouth and there are even a few direct trains from London Waterloo! Buses also run to Warminster from Bath, Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Westbury, Salisbury and Frome – please visit the Traveline website for details.
- Our event attracts a lot of people, so social distancing may not be possible on our buses. The wearing of face coverings whilst travelling on the buses will therefore be compulsory unless you have an exemption for a genuine medical reason. If travelling in a crowd concerns you, please delay your visit until after lunch as the buses from Warminster tend to be less busy in the afternoon. Please do not attend if you are showing any of the symptoms of Coronavirus or have been told to isolate. We have every intention of running Imberbus next year, so please do not feel the need to come this year if you feel unwell or have been “pinged”!
As Imber is in a military area that is normally closed to the public, facilities there are extremely limited and there are restrictions on where you can wander when you arrive. If you have not attended our event before we would therefore strongly recommend that you read the Imberbus FAQ page on our website which provides important information on where you can and cannot go, where you can get something to eat and also the location of public toilets (which are few and far between on the Salisbury Plain!).
Please also bear in mind that the Imber plain is a very exposed location with very little shelter except in Imber Church! Therefore as the weather has been somewhat changeable in recent weeks, we would strongly advise you to wear sensible footwear and bring an umbrella with you just in case.
We hope that you will be able to join us on Saturday and if you would like further information about our event, please check out the other pages on our website – www.imberbus.org. We would also be keen to see any photographs that you take on the day – particularly if they would be suitable to replace those currently in use on our publicity, tickets or website. Please feel free to get in touch if you think you have any that might fit the bill.